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Verb: taper  tey-pu(r)
  1. Diminish gradually
    "Interested tapered off"
     
  2. Give a point to
    "The candles are tapered";
    - sharpen, point
Noun: taper  tey-pu(r)
  1. A convex shape that narrows toward a point
     
  2. The property possessed by a shape that narrows toward a point (as a wedge or cone)
     
  3. A loosely woven cord (in a candle or oil lamp) that draws fuel by capillary action up into the flame
    - wick
     
  4. Stick of wax with a wick in the middle
    - candle, wax light

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Derived forms: tapers, tapered, tapering

See also: taper off

Type of: change form, change shape, convex shape, convexity, cord, decrease, deform, diminish, fall, lamp, lessen, narrowing

Part of: kerosene lamp, kerosine lamp, oil lamp

Encyclopedia: Taper