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ta·per

(tā′pər)
n.
1. A small or very slender candle.
2. A long wax-coated wick used to light candles or gas lamps.
3. A source of feeble light.
4.
a. A gradual decrease in thickness or width of an elongated object.
b. A gradual decrease, as in action or force.
5. Sports A period before a competition or race in which the intensity and frequency of exercise and training is decreased.
v. ta·pered, ta·per·ing, ta·pers
v. intr.
1. To become gradually narrower or thinner toward one end.
2. To diminish or lessen gradually. Often used with off: The storm finally tapered off.
3. Sports To decrease one's exercise levels before a competition or race: tapered for a week before the marathon.
v. tr.
1. To make thinner or narrower at one end.
2. To make smaller gradually.
adj.
Gradually decreasing in size toward a point.

[Middle English, from Old English tapor, possibly ultimately from Latin papyrus, papyrus (sometimes used for candlewicks); see paper.]

ta′per·ing·ly adv.

taper

(ˈteɪpə)
vb
1. to become or cause to become narrower towards one end: the spire tapers to a point.
2. (often foll by off) to become or cause to become smaller or less significant
3. (Banking & Finance) (of an amount of something, esp money) to decrease or to be decreased gradually
4. (Economics) (usually intr) (of a central bank) to reduce or decrease activity, esp the supply and regulation of credit
5. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (usually intr) (of a central bank) to reduce or decrease activity, esp the supply and regulation of credit
n
6. a thin candle
7. a thin wooden or waxed strip for transferring a flame; spill
8. a narrowing
9. (General Engineering) engineering (in conical parts) the amount of variation in the diameter per unit of length
10. any feeble source of light
[Old English tapor, probably from Latin papӯrus papyrus (from its use as a wick)]
ˈtaperer n
ˈtapering adj
ˈtaperingly adv

ta•per1

(ˈteɪ pər)

v.i.
1. to become smaller or thinner toward one end.
2. to grow gradually lean.
v.t.
3. to make gradually smaller toward one end.
4. to reduce gradually.
5. taper off,
a. to become gradually more slender toward one end.
b. to cease by degrees; decrease; diminish.
n.
6. gradual diminution of width or thickness in an elongated object.
7. gradual decrease of force, capacity, etc.
8. a candle, esp. a very slender one.
9. a long wick coated with wax, tallow, or the like, as for use in lighting candles or gas.
[before 900; Middle English: wax candle, Old English, variant of tapur, by dissimilation from *papur paper]

tap•er2

(ˈteɪ pər)

n.
a person who records or edits magnetic tape.

taper


Past participle: tapered
Gerund: tapering

Imperative
taper
taper
Present
I taper
you taper
he/she/it tapers
we taper
you taper
they taper
Preterite
I tapered
you tapered
he/she/it tapered
we tapered
you tapered
they tapered
Present Continuous
I am tapering
you are tapering
he/she/it is tapering
we are tapering
you are tapering
they are tapering
Present Perfect
I have tapered
you have tapered
he/she/it has tapered
we have tapered
you have tapered
they have tapered
Past Continuous
I was tapering
you were tapering
he/she/it was tapering
we were tapering
you were tapering
they were tapering
Past Perfect
I had tapered
you had tapered
he/she/it had tapered
we had tapered
you had tapered
they had tapered
Future
I will taper
you will taper
he/she/it will taper
we will taper
you will taper
they will taper
Future Perfect
I will have tapered
you will have tapered
he/she/it will have tapered
we will have tapered
you will have tapered
they will have tapered
Future Continuous
I will be tapering
you will be tapering
he/she/it will be tapering
we will be tapering
you will be tapering
they will be tapering
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been tapering
you have been tapering
he/she/it has been tapering
we have been tapering
you have been tapering
they have been tapering
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been tapering
you will have been tapering
he/she/it will have been tapering
we will have been tapering
you will have been tapering
they will have been tapering
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been tapering
you had been tapering
he/she/it had been tapering
we had been tapering
you had been tapering
they had been tapering
Conditional
I would taper
you would taper
he/she/it would taper
we would taper
you would taper
they would taper
Past Conditional
I would have tapered
you would have tapered
he/she/it would have tapered
we would have tapered
you would have tapered
they would have tapered
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.taper - a convex shape that narrows toward a pointtaper - a convex shape that narrows toward a point
convex shape, convexity - a shape that curves or bulges outward
2.taper - the property possessed by a shape that narrows toward a point (as a wedge or cone)
narrowing - an instance of becoming narrow
pointedness, point - the property of a shape that tapers to a sharp tip
unpointedness - the property of having only a dull tip (if any)
3.taper - a loosely woven cord (in a candle or oil lamp) that draws fuel by capillary action up into the flametaper - a loosely woven cord (in a candle or oil lamp) that draws fuel by capillary action up into the flame
candle, wax light, taper - stick of wax with a wick in the middle
candlewick - the wick of a candle
cord - a line made of twisted fibers or threads; "the bundle was tied with a cord"
kerosene lamp, kerosine lamp, oil lamp - a lamp that burns oil (as kerosine) for light
4.taper - stick of wax with a wick in the middletaper - stick of wax with a wick in the middle
candlewick - the wick of a candle
chandlery - candles and other commodities sold by a chandler
dip - a candle that is made by repeated dipping in a pool of wax or tallow
lamp - an artificial source of visible illumination
rush candle, rushlight - a tallow candle with a rush stem as the wick
vigil candle, vigil light - a candle lighted by a worshiper in a church
wick, taper - a loosely woven cord (in a candle or oil lamp) that draws fuel by capillary action up into the flame
Verb1.taper - diminish gradually; "Interested tapered off"
decrease, diminish, lessen, fall - decrease in size, extent, or range; "The amount of homework decreased towards the end of the semester"; "The cabin pressure fell dramatically"; "her weight fell to under a hundred pounds"; "his voice fell to a whisper"
2.taper - give a point to; "The candles are tapered"
change form, change shape, deform - assume a different shape or form
acuminate - make sharp or acute; taper; make (something) come to a point
taper off - become smaller or less active; "Business tapered off"
fizzle, fizzle out, peter out, taper off - end weakly; "The music just petered out--there was no proper ending"

taper

verb
1. narrow, thin, attenuate, come to a point, become thinner, become narrow The trunk doesn't taper very much.
narrow widen, grow, swell, increase
noun
1. candle, spill, wick, glim (old-fashioned) Singe the stems slightly with a lighted taper.
taper off decrease, dwindle, lessen, reduce, fade, weaken, wane, subside, wind down, die out, die away, thin out Immigration is beginning to taper off.

taper

nounverb
To grow or cause to grow gradually less.Also used with off:
Translations
شَمْعَه رَفيعَه، فَتيلَه مُشَمَّعَهيَسْتَدِق
svíčkazužovat se
gøre tyndere mod endenkerte
kaventuakaveta
fokozatosan vékonyítviaszgyertya
mjókka í annan endannörmjótt kerti
plona žvakėsmailėjantissmailėtismailinti
kļūt smailamsašaurinātiestieva vaska svece
zužovať sa
giderek sivrilmekince mum

taper

[ˈteɪpəʳ]
A. N (= spill) → astilla f; (= candle) → vela f
B. VIafilarse, estrecharse
to taper to a pointrematar en punta
C. VTafilar, estrechar

taper

[ˈteɪpər]
ncierge m
vis'effilertape-record [ˌteɪprɪˈkɔːrd] vtenregistrer (sur bande)tape recorder nmagnétophone mtape recording nenregistrement m (sur bande)

taper

n (= candle)(dünne) Kerze
vt end of plank, stick etczuspitzen; edgeabschrägen; hairspitz zuschneiden; pair of trousers(nach unten) verengen
visich zuspitzen; (vase)sich verjüngen; (trousers)nach unten enger werden; (hair)(im Nacken) spitz zulaufen; to taper to a pointspitz zulaufen

taper

[ˈteɪpəʳ]
1. n (waxed spill) → cerino; (thin candle) → candelina
2. vi (also taper off) → assottigliarsi; (trousers) → restringersi

taper

(ˈteipə) noun
a long, thin type of candle.
verb
(sometimes with off) to make or become narrower or slimmer at one end. The leaves taper (off) to a point.
ˈtapered, ˈtapering adjective
becoming narrower or slimmer at one end. tapering fingers.

taper

n reducción f or disminución f gradual; vt reducir or disminuir gradualmente
References in classic literature ?
asked Laurie soberly, as Amy laid a bit of red tape, with sealing wax, a taper, and a standish before him.
He had twelve rattles, but they were broken off before they began to taper, so I insisted that he must once have had twenty-four.
Never were hands more exquisite than hers, and it was a joy to look at them when she threaded her needle or adjusted her gold thimble to her taper middle finger as she sewed away on the little night-drawers or fashioned a bodice or a bib.
Elsewhere the token of sin, it was the taper of the sick chamber.
The child had again got up--this time blowing out the taper, and had again, for some purpose of observation or response, squeezed in behind the blind and was peering out into the night.
Genius is a light which makes the darkness visible, like the lightning's flash, which perchance shatters the temple of knowledge itself--and not a taper lighted at the hearthstone of the race, which pales before the light of common day.
I had a pretty heavy knapsack; it was laden with provisions -- pro- visions for the king to taper down on, till he could take to the coarse fare of the country without damage.
No, that was not likely; he must have left his night taper there when he went to bed.
She lit the taper in the ink-stand, and returned the letter to the writer.
But there were no other clothes in my room than the odd heap of things I wore; and when I was left there, with a little taper which my aunt forewarned me would burn exactly five minutes, I heard them lock my door on the outside.
At eve, within yon studious nook, I ope my brass-embossed book, Portray'd with many a holy deed Of martyrs crown'd with heavenly meed; Then, as my taper waxes dim, Chant, ere I sleep, my measured hymn.
She was of the olive complexion, with a sharp profile: dark eyes with long lashes; narrow mouth with delicately sensuous lips; small head, feet, and hands, with long taper fingers; lithe and very slender figure moving with serpent-like grace.