(noun, verb)


1. a convex shape that narrows toward a point

Definition categories: shape, convexity

2. the property possessed by a shape that narrows toward a point (as a wedge or cone)

Definition categories: attribute, narrowing

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

Similar word(s): wick

Definition categories: man–made, cord

4. stick of wax with a wick in the middle

Similar word(s): candle

Definition categories: man–made, lamp

Sentences with taper as a noun:

- the taper of a spire.

- The legs of the table had a slight taper to them.


1. diminish gradually

- Interested tapered off

Definition categories: change, decrease, diminish, fall, lessen

2. give a point to

- The candles are tapered

Similar word(s): point, sharpen

Definition categories: change, deform