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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

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

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

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

I'd like not to have these great puffy lobes on my ears - I'd like them to taper in.
Nicholas Haslam
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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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