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English definition of “taper”

taper

verb [I or T] uk   /ˈteɪ.pər/ us    /-pɚ/
to become gradually narrower at one end, or to make something do this: Turn left where the road tapers (off) into a track.Becoming and making smaller or lessBecoming and making less strong
tapering
adjective uk   /ˈteɪ.pə.rɪŋ/ us    /-pɚ.ɪŋ/
Becoming and making smaller or lessBecoming and making less strongNarrow and thin
Phrasal verbs

taper

noun [C] uk   /ˈteɪ.pər/ us    /-pɚ/
a very thin candle or a very thin strip of wood, used especially in the past for lighting candles, fires, etc.Lighting and light fittings in the home
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