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Definition of Taper


  1. A small wax candle; a small lighted wax candle; hence, a small light.
  2. A tapering form; gradual diminution of thickness in an elongated object; as, the taper of a spire.
  3. Regularly narrowed toward the point; becoming small toward one end; conical; pyramidical; as, taper fingers.
  4. To become gradually smaller toward one end; as, a sugar loaf tapers toward one end.
  5. To make or cause to taper.

Taper Quotations

I go to the gym every day. That tends to taper off when I'm at a tournament. During tournaments, I'm not trying to build fitness. I'm simply trying to keep away any kind of tension. I go for long walks to clear my head.
Viswanathan Anand

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

Most projects start out slowly - and then sort of taper off.
Norman Ralph Augustine

When I started off as an actress, I did at a play at the Taper Too Theatre here in Los Angeles, called 'In The Abyss Of Coney Island.' That was more of a dramatic play. It was a small theater house. This was the first time I was literally on the road, doing a play, for four months.
Vivica A. Fox

For three days after death, hair and fingernails continue to grow but phone calls taper off.
Johnny Carson
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Taper Translations

taper in German is zuspitzen
taper in Latin is candela
taper in Spanish is manipulador
taper in Swedish is smalt ljus, smalna av
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