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ta·per / ˈtāpər/ • n. a slender candle. ∎  a wick coated with wax, used for conveying a flame. ∎  a gradual narrowing: the current industry standard taper of 5 degrees. • v. diminish or reduce or cause to diminish or reduce in thickness toward one end: [intr.] the tail tapers to a rounded tip | [tr.] David asked my dressmaker to taper his trousers. ∎  [intr.] gradually lessen: the impact of the dollar's depreciation started to taper off.

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taper. Gradual diminution in width or thickness in any elongated object towards one extremity or another, e.g. herm, obelisk, spire, or term. Column-shafts properly do not taper, as they diminish with height not in a straight taper but a curved entasis.

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taper wax candle OE.; long wick coated with wax for use as a spill XIX. OE. tapor, -er, -ur — (with dissim. of p..p to t..p) L. papyrus.
Hence taper adj. becoming continuously narrower in one direction XV; whence taper vb. XVI.

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