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Definition of taper noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1a long, thin piece of wood, paper, etc. that is used for lighting fires or lamps She lit the fire with a taper.
  2. 2a long, thin candle
  3. 3[usually singular] the way that something gradually decreases in size, becoming thinner
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: taper

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