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TAPER

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does taper mean? 

TAPER (noun)
  The noun TAPER has 4 senses:

1. a convex shape that narrows toward a point
2. the property possessed by a shape that narrows toward a point (as a wedge or cone)
3. a loosely woven cord (in a candle or oil lamp) that draws fuel by capillary action up into the flame
4. stick of wax with a wick in the middle

  Familiarity information: TAPER used as a noun is uncommon.


TAPER (verb)
  The verb TAPER has 2 senses:

1. diminish gradually
2. give a point to

  Familiarity information: TAPER used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


TAPER (noun)


Sense 1taper [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A convex shape that narrows toward a point

Classified under:

Nouns denoting two and three dimensional shapes

Hypernyms ("taper" is a kind of...):

convex shape; convexity (a shape that curves or bulges outward)


Sense 2taper [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The property possessed by a shape that narrows toward a point (as a wedge or cone)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Hypernyms ("taper" is a kind of...):

narrowing (an instance of becoming narrow)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "taper"):

point; pointedness (the property of a shape that tapers to a sharp tip)

unpointedness (the property of having only a dull tip (if any))


Sense 3taper [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A loosely woven cord (in a candle or oil lamp) that draws fuel by capillary action up into the flame

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

wick; taper

Hypernyms ("taper" is a kind of...):

cord (a line made of twisted fibers or threads)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "taper"):

candlewick (the wick of a candle)

Holonyms ("taper" is a part of...):

candle; taper; wax light (stick of wax with a wick in the middle)

kerosene lamp; kerosine lamp; oil lamp (a lamp that burns oil (as kerosine) for light)


Sense 4taper [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Stick of wax with a wick in the middle

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

candle; wax light; taper

Hypernyms ("taper" is a kind of...):

lamp (an artificial source of visible illumination)

Meronyms (parts of "taper"):

candlewick (the wick of a candle)

taper; wick (a loosely woven cord (in a candle or oil lamp) that draws fuel by capillary action up into the flame)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "taper"):

chandlery (candles and other commodities sold by a chandler)

dip (a candle that is made by repeated dipping in a pool of wax or tallow)

rush candle; rushlight (a tallow candle with a rush stem as the wick)

vigil candle; vigil light (a candle lighted by a worshiper in a church)


TAPER (verb)


Sense 1taper [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Diminish gradually

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context example:

Interested tapered off

Hypernyms (to "taper" is one way to...):

decrease; diminish; fall; lessen (decrease in size, extent, or range)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s


Sense 2taper [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Give a point to

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

taper; sharpen; point

Context example:

The candles are tapered

Hypernyms (to "taper" is one way to...):

change form; change shape; deform (assume a different shape or form)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "taper"):

acuminate (make sharp or acute; taper; make (something) come to a point)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something

Also:

taper off (become smaller or less active)

taper off (end weakly)


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