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taper

noun

1 taper

A convex shape that narrows toward a point.



2 taper

The property possessed by a shape that narrows toward a point (as a wedge or cone).

3 taper

A loosely woven cord (in a candle or oil lamp) that draws fuel by capillary action up into the flame.

synonym: wick.

Dutch: kaarsenpit, kaarsepit, kaarslemmet, katoentje, kous, kousje, lampekatoen, lampekousje, lampenkatoen, lampenkousje ... show more
Polish: knot

4 taper

Stick of wax with a wick in the middle.

synonyms: candle, wax light.

Roget 423: luminary; light etc. 420; flame etc. (fire) 382.    spark, scintilla; phosphorescence, fluorescence.    sun, orb of day, ... show more

Dutch: kaars
Polish: świeca, świeczka

verb

1 taper

Diminish gradually.

Roget 203: be narrow etc. adj.; narrow, taper, contract etc. 195; render narrow etc. adj.; waste away.   

2 taper

Give a point to:
— The candles are tapered.

synonyms: point, sharpen.


adjective

Roget 203: narrow, close; slender, thin, fine; thread-like etc. (filament) 205; finespun, gossamer; paper-thin; taper, ... show more

Moby thesaurus: abate, aculeate, acuminate, approach, barb, bate, bayberry candle, bougie, brand, butane lighter, candle, candlewick, center, centralize, cigarette lighter, close, close in, close up, close with, coarctation ... show more.

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