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taper

verb ta·per \ ˈtā-pər \

Definition of taper

tapered; tapering play \ˈtā-p(ə-)riŋ\
intransitive verb
1 :to become progressively smaller toward one end
2 :to diminish gradually
transitive verb
:to cause to taper

Examples of taper in a Sentence

  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

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taper

noun

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 and Etymology of taper

Middle English, from Old English tapor candle, wick, perhaps modification of Latin papyrus papyrus


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taper

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


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taper

noun tap·er \ ˈtā-pər \

Definition of taper

:one that applies or dispenses tape

Origin and Etymology of taper


TAPER Defined for English Language Learners

taper

verb

Definition of taper for English Language Learners

  • : to become gradually smaller toward one end


TAPER Defined for Kids

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taper

noun ta·per \ ˈtā-pər \

Definition of taper for Students

1 :a slender candle
2 :a gradual lessening in thickness or width in a long object

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taper

verb

Definition of taper for Students

tapered; tapering
1 :to make or become gradually smaller toward one end
  • The leaves taper to a point.
2 :to grow gradually less and less
  • The rain tapered off.


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