verb (used without object)
to become smaller or thinner toward one end.
to grow gradually lean.
verb (used with object)
to make gradually smaller toward one end.
to reduce gradually.
gradual diminution of width or thickness in an elongated object.
gradual decrease of force, capacity, etc.
anything having a tapering form, as a spire or obelisk.
a candle, especially a very slender one.
a long wick coated with wax, tallow, or the like, as for use in lighting candles or gas.
to become gradually more slender toward one end.
to cease by degrees; decrease; diminish:
The storm is beginning to taper off now. I haven’t stopped smoking entirely, but I’m tapering off to three cigarettes a day.
to become or cause to become narrower towards one end: the spire tapers to a point
(often foll by off) to become or cause to become smaller or less significant
a thin candle
a thin wooden or waxed strip for transferring a flame; spill
(engineering) (in conical parts) the amount of variation in the diameter per unit of length
any feeble source of light
noun 1. wax jack. noun 1. a device for melting sealing wax, having a waxed wick fed through a plate from a reel.
- Taper pin
noun 1. a short round metal rod having a small amount of taper so that when driven into a hole it tightens on the taper so that it can act as a stop or wedge
- Taper relief
noun 1. (in Britain) a system of relief from capital gains tax under which the percentage of a chargeable gain considered taxable is reduced for each whole year (from April 1998) that the asset was held by the vendor
noun 1. a candlestick designed to hold tapers.