Definition of Taper

1. Noun. A convex shape that narrows toward a point.

Generic synonyms: Convex Shape, Convexity



2. Verb. Diminish gradually. "Interested tapered off"
Generic synonyms: Decrease, Diminish, Fall, Lessen
Derivative terms: Tapering

3. Noun. The property possessed by a shape that narrows toward a point (as a wedge or cone).
Generic synonyms: Narrowing
Specialized synonyms: Point, Pointedness, Unpointedness

4. Verb. Give a point to. "The candles are tapered"
Exact synonyms: Point, Sharpen
Generic synonyms: Change Form, Change Shape, Deform
Specialized synonyms: Acuminate
Derivative terms: Point, Point, Point
Also: Taper Off, Taper Off

5. Noun. A loosely woven cord (in a candle or oil lamp) that draws fuel by capillary action up into the flame.
Exact synonyms: Wick
Group relationships: Candle, Wax Light, Kerosene Lamp, Kerosine Lamp, Oil Lamp
Specialized synonyms: Candlewick
Generic synonyms: Cord

6. Noun. Stick of wax with a wick in the middle.
Exact synonyms: Candle, Wax Light
Terms within: Candlewick, Wick
Specialized synonyms: Chandlery, Dip, Rush Candle, Rushlight, Vigil Candle, Vigil Light
Generic synonyms: Lamp

Definition of Taper

1. n. A small wax candle; a small lighted wax candle; hence, a small light.

2. a. Regularly narrowed toward the point; becoming small toward one end; conical; pyramidical; as, taper fingers.

3. v. i. To become gradually smaller toward one end; as, a sugar loaf tapers toward one end.

4. v. t. To make or cause to taper.

Definition of Taper

1. Noun. A slender wax candle; a small lighted wax candle; hence, a small light. ¹

2. Noun. A tapering form; gradual diminution of thickness and/or cross section in an elongated object ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) To make thinner or narrower at one end. ¹

4. Verb. (intransitive) To diminish gradually. ¹

5. Noun. (context: weaving) One who operates a tape machine. ¹

6. Noun. Someone who works with tape or tapes. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Taper

1. to become gradually narrower toward one end [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Taper

1. Regularly narrowed toward the point; becoming small toward one end; conical; pyramidical; as, taper fingers. Origin: Supposed to be from taper, n, in allusion to its form. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Taper

tape safe
tape safes
tape transport
tape up
tapeable
taped
tapeless
tapeless workflow
tapelike
tapeline
tapelines
tapen
tapenade
tapenades
tapentadol
taper (current term)
taper file
taper off
taper pin
tapered
tapered bougie
taperer
taperers
tapering
tapering off
taperingly
taperings
taperlike
taperness
tapers

Literary usage of Taper

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Machine Tool Operation by Henry D. Burghardt (1919)
"Fitting taper Holes.—taper holes are fitted to taper plug gauges ... taper holes are usually finished by reaming. For description of taper reamers, ..."

2. Transactions of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers by American Society of Mechanical Engineers (1919)
"Mr. Walters suggests I in. taper p ft. a stand M'd for large sines, and not lens than three times the diameter for length. He explains that it is intended ..."

3. Machine Tool Operation by Henry D. Burghardt (1922)
"This slight taper also serves to give the scrap ng action which produces the ... Hand taper reamers, both for roughing and finishing, are made for all of ..."

4. Journal by Royal Society of Arts (Great Britain) (1875)
"Now r you with the tapers whether these two onic acid are in tho same state as they The taper is put out in one, but in the I burns as brightly as it would ..."

5. American Machinists' Handbook and Dictionary of Shop Terms: A Reference Book by Fred Herbert Colvin, Frank Arthur Stanley (1914)
"3 for a three-inch per foot taper whose length is to be four inches. The small end is to be exactly J inch and the large end for this taper will, therefore, ..."

6. American Machinists' Handbook and Dictionary of Shop Terms: A Reference Book by Fred Herbert Colvin, Frank Arthur Stanley (1909)
"3 for a three-inch per foot taper whose length is to be four inches. The small end is to be exactly i inch and the large end for this taper will, therefore, ..."

7. American Machinists' Handbook and Dictionary of Shop Terms: A Reference Book by Fred Herbert Colvin, Frank Arthur Stanley (1908)
"The taper is J inch per foot and each size of taper is splined as shown for a key ... taper PINS AND REAMERS 4 taper REAMERS AND PINS (PRATT & WHITNEY co. ..."

8. Dyke's Automobile and Gasoline Engine Encyclopedia by Andrew Lee Dyke (1920)
"The shanks most generally used for a power drill press are either straight or taper. Straight shank drills are nsed in lathes or in drill chucks. ..."

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