Definition of taper verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

taper

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verb
BrE BrE//ˈteɪpə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈteɪpər//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they taper
BrE BrE//ˈteɪpə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈteɪpər//
 
he / she / it tapers
BrE BrE//ˈteɪpəz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈteɪpərz//
 
past simple tapered
BrE BrE//ˈteɪpəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈteɪpərd//
 
past participle tapered
BrE BrE//ˈteɪpəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈteɪpərd//
 
-ing form tapering
BrE BrE//ˈteɪpərɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈteɪpərɪŋ//
 
Describing architecture
 
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[intransitive, transitive] to become gradually narrower; to make something become gradually narrower The tail tapered to a rounded tip. She had long tapering fingers. The leaves are long, tapering to a point at each end. taper something The pots are wide at the base and tapered at the top. See related entries: Describing architecture Word Origin Old English (denoting any wax candle), dissimilated form (by alteration of p- to t-) of Latin papyrus (from Greek papuros), the pith of which was used for candle wicks. Phrasal Verbstaper offtaper somethingoff
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