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

     

    taper

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//ˈteɪpə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈteɪpər//
     
     
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  1. 1a long thin piece of wood, paper, etc. that is used for lighting fires or lamps She lit the gas with a taper.
  2. 2a long thin candle
  3. 3[usually singular] the way that something gradually decreases in size, becoming thinner
  4. 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.
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