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Meaning & Definition of Taper in English

English

Taper

/tepər/

noun

1. A convex shape that narrows toward a point

    synonym:
  • taper

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

    synonym:
  • taper

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

    synonym:
  • wick
  • ,
  • taper

4. Stick of wax with a wick in the middle

    synonym:
  • candle
  • ,
  • taper
  • ,
  • wax light

verb

1. Diminish gradually

  • "Interested tapered off"
    synonym:
  • taper

2. Give a point to

  • "The candles are tapered"
    synonym:
  • sharpen
  • ,
  • taper
  • ,
  • point

Examples of using

For three days after death hair and fingernails continue to grow but phone calls taper off.