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1. taper

verb. ['ˈteɪpɝ'] diminish gradually.

Synonyms

  • decrease
  • lessen
  • fall

Antonyms

  • dull
  • blur
  • flatten
  • soften

Etymology

  • -er (English)
  • -er (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • tape (English)
  • tæppe (Old English (ca. 450-1100))
  • tapor (Old English (ca. 450-1100))

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Words that Rhyme with Taper

  • mcpaper
  • scraper
  • graper
  • draper
  • vapor
  • schaper
  • raper
  • paper
  • lapre
  • kapor
  • caper

Example sentences of the word taper


1. Noun, singular or mass
Lay the broken taper candle on some old newspaper, wax paper, or baking parchment paper.

2. Adjective, comparative
Conduit threads taper to form a tighter, close fitting seal able to better withstand leaks.

3. Verb, base form
Cut off the top of the bottle right before the neck starts to taper toward the cap.

4. Adjective
A piercing taper looks like a long needle with a blunt end.

5. Verb, 3rd person singular present
He has large, wide, well-tufted ears, which often taper to a point at the tip.

Quotes containing the word taper


1. The taste for books was an early one. As a child he was sometimes found at midnight by a page still reading. They took his taper away, and he bred glow-worms to serve his purpose. They took the glow-worms away and he almost burnt the house down with a tinder.
- Virginia Woolf, Orlando

2. taper

noun. ['ˈteɪpɝ'] the property possessed by a shape that narrows toward a point (as a wedge or cone).

Synonyms

  • pointedness
  • narrowing
  • unpointedness

Antonyms

  • pointedness
  • irrelevance
  • straighten
  • stay

Etymology

  • -er (English)
  • -er (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • tape (English)
  • tæppe (Old English (ca. 450-1100))
  • tapor (Old English (ca. 450-1100))

3. taper

verb. ['ˈteɪpɝ'] give a point to.

Synonyms

  • deform
  • change shape
  • change form
  • acuminate
  • sharpen

Antonyms

  • accelerate
  • stretch
  • expand
  • appreciate

Etymology

  • -er (English)
  • -er (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • tape (English)
  • tæppe (Old English (ca. 450-1100))
  • tapor (Old English (ca. 450-1100))

4. taper

noun. ['ˈteɪpɝ'] a loosely woven cord (in a candle or oil lamp) that draws fuel by capillary action up into the flame.

Synonyms

  • oil lamp
  • candle
  • wax light
  • wick
  • kerosine lamp
  • kerosene lamp
  • candlewick

Antonyms

  • end
  • beginning
  • undock
  • break

Etymology

  • -er (English)
  • -er (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • tape (English)
  • tæppe (Old English (ca. 450-1100))
  • tapor (Old English (ca. 450-1100))

5. taper

noun. ['ˈteɪpɝ'] a convex shape that narrows toward a point.

Synonyms

  • convex shape

Antonyms

  • untwist
  • compound

Etymology

  • -er (English)
  • -er (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • tape (English)
  • tæppe (Old English (ca. 450-1100))
  • tapor (Old English (ca. 450-1100))

6. taper

noun. ['ˈteɪpɝ'] stick of wax with a wick in the middle.

Synonyms

  • rushlight
  • wax light
  • candle
  • wick
  • lamp
  • dip
  • vigil light
  • chandlery
  • candlewick
  • rush candle

Antonyms

  • deposit
  • untie
  • antinode
  • node

Etymology

  • -er (English)
  • -er (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • tape (English)
  • tæppe (Old English (ca. 450-1100))
  • tapor (Old English (ca. 450-1100))
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