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  Dictionary Definition of taper

taper
verb (i)
1. to become gradually slenderer towards one end.
2. to grow gradually lean.
-- verb (t)
3. to make gradually smaller towards one end.
4. to reduce gradually.
-- noun
5. gradual diminution of width or thickness in an elongated object.
6. gradual decrease of force, capacity, etc.
7. a spire or slender pyramid; anything having a tapering form.
8. a candle, especially a very slender one.
9. a long wick coated with wax, tallow, or the like, as for use in lighting candles or gas.
10. a feeble light.
[ME tapere candle, OE tapor; origin uncert.]
-- taperer, noun -- taperingly, adverb