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taper

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verb ta·per \ˈtā-pər\

Definition of taper

tapered

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tapering

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  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to become progressively smaller toward one end

  3. 2 :  to diminish gradually

  4. transitive verb
  5. :  to cause to taper

First Known Use of taper

1610

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taper

noun ta·per

Definition of taper

  1. 1a :  a slender candleb :  a long waxed wick used especially for lighting candles, lamps, pipes, or firesc :  a feeble light

  2. 2a :  a tapering form or figureb :  gradual diminution of thickness, diameter, or width in an elongated objectc :  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 ta·per

Definition of taper

  1. 1 :  progressively narrowed toward one end

  2. 2 :  furnished with or adjusted to a scale :  graduated taper freight rates

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

15th century


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taper

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noun tap·er \ˈtā-pər\

Definition of taper

  1. :  one that applies or dispenses tape

Origin and Etymology of taper

1tape


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

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noun ta·per \ˈtā-pər\

Definition of taper for Students

  1. 1 :  a slender candle

  2. 2 :  a gradual lessening in thickness or width in a long object


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taper

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verb ta·per

Definition of taper for Students

tapered

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tapering

  1. 1 :  to make or become gradually smaller toward one end The leaves taper to a point.

  2. 2 :  to grow gradually less and less The rain tapered off.



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