Taper

Noun

  • A tapering form; gradual diminution of thickness and/or cross section in an elongated object

    "the taper of a spire."

  • Someone who works with tape or tapes.
  • A slender wax candle; a small lighted wax candle; hence, a small light.
  • A thin stick used for lighting candles, either a wax-coated wick or a slow-burning wooden rod.
  • (weaving) One who operates a tape machine.
  • A tapering form; gradual diminution of thickness and/or cross section in an elongated object

    "The legs of the table had a slight taper to them."

Verb

  • (transitive) To make thinner or narrower at one end.
  • (intransitive) To diminish gradually.

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