1. A small wax candle; a small lighted wax candle; hence, a small light.
Get me a taper in my study, Lucius. --Shak.
2. A tapering form; gradual diminution of thickness in an elongated object; as, the taper of a spire.
Ta·per a. Regularly narrowed toward the point; becoming small toward one end; conical; pyramidical; as, taper fingers.
Ta·per, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Tapered p. pr. & vb. n. Tapering.] To become gradually smaller toward one end; as, a sugar loaf tapers toward one end.
Ta·per, v. t. To make or cause to taper.
n 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 [syn: wick]
4: stick of wax with a wick in the middle [syn: candle, wax
v 1: diminish gradually; "Interested tapered off"
2: give a point to; "The candles are tapered" [syn: sharpen,