Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun taper

4 senses of taper

Sense 1
taper -- (a convex shape that narrows toward a point)
       => convex shape, convexity -- (a shape that curves or bulges outward)

Sense 2
taper -- (the property possessed by a shape that narrows toward a point (as a wedge or cone))
       => narrowing -- (an instance of becoming narrow)

Sense 3
wick, taper -- (a loosely woven cord (in a candle or oil lamp) that draws fuel by capillary action up into the flame)
       => cord -- (a line made of twisted fibers or threads; "the bundle was tied with a cord")

Sense 4
candle, taper, wax light -- (stick of wax with a wick in the middle)
       => lamp -- (an artificial source of visible illumination)

Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb taper

2 senses of taper

Sense 1
taper -- (diminish gradually; "Interested tapered off")
       => decrease, diminish, lessen, fall -- (decrease in size, extent, or range; "The amount of homework decreased towards the end of the semester"; "The cabin pressure fell dramatically"; "her weight fell to under a hundred pounds"; "his voice fell to a whisper")

Sense 2
sharpen, taper, point -- (give a point to; "The candles are tapered")
       => change shape, change form, deform -- (assume a different shape or form)
          Phrasal Verb-> taper off#2; taper off#1

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