taper


1ta·per

noun \ˈtā-pər\

Definition of TAPER

1
a :  a slender candle
b :  a long waxed wick used especially for lighting candles, lamps, pipes, or fires
c :  a feeble light
2
a :  a tapering form or figure
b :  gradual diminution of thickness, diameter, or width in an elongated object
c :  a gradual decrease

Origin of TAPER

Middle English, from Old English tapor candle, wick, perhaps modification of Latin papyrus papyrus
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Household Terms

cruet, curiosity, duvet, fiasco, sham, valance, whatnot

Rhymes with TAPER

2taper

adjective

Definition of TAPER

1
:  progressively narrowed toward one end
2
:  furnished with or adjusted to a scale :  graduated <taper freight rates>

First Known Use of TAPER

15th century

3taper

verb

: to become gradually smaller toward one end

ta·peredta·per·ing \ˈtā-p(ə-)riŋ\

Full Definition of TAPER

intransitive verb
1
:  to become progressively smaller toward one end
2
:  to diminish gradually
transitive verb
:  to cause to taper

Examples of TAPER

  1. leaves that taper to a point
  2. <you'll find the symptoms begin tapering gradually about 24 hours after you take the medicine>

First Known Use of TAPER

1610

4tap·er

noun \ˈtā-pər\

Definition of TAPER

:  one that applies or dispenses tape

Origin of TAPER

1tape
First Known Use: circa 1920

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