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Definition of Taper

  • A small wax candle; a small lighted wax candle; hence, a small light.
  • A tapering form; gradual diminution of thickness in an elongated object; as, the taper of a spire.
  • Regularly narrowed toward the point; becoming small toward one end; conical; pyramidical; as, taper fingers.
  • To become gradually smaller toward one end; as, a sugar loaf tapers toward one end.
  • To make or cause to taper.
  • stick of wax with a wick in the middle
  • a loosely woven cord (in a candle or oil lamp) that draws fuel by capillary action up into the flame
  • the property possessed by a shape that narrows toward a point (as a wedge or cone)
  • a convex shape that narrows toward a point
  • diminish gradually
  • give a point to

How to use taper in a sentence. Taper pronunciation.

And till he tell the truth, Let the supposed fairies pinch him sound, And burn him with their tapers.
Enter SIR HUGH EVANS like a satyr, ANNE PAGE as a fairy, and OTHERS as the Fairy Queen, fairies, and Hobgoblin; all with tapers FAIRY QUEEN.
I believe, in truth, that it is those terrible ceremonies and preparations wherewith we set it out, that more terrify us than the thing itself; a new, quite contrary way of living; the cries of mothers, wives, and children; the visits of astounded and afflicted friends; the attendance of pale and blubbering servants; a dark room, set round with burning tapers; our beds environed with physicians and divines; in sum, nothing but ghostliness and horror round about us; we seem dead and buried already.
The reader finds how the man who had secretly celebrated a heathen sacrifice was discovered by St. Severinus, because, while the tapers of the rest of the congregation were lighted miraculously from heaven, his taper alone would not light; and passes on impatiently, with regret that the biographer omits to mention what the heathen sacrifice was like.
A few years before, in 1537, says Mr. Froude, {333} while the harbours, piers, and fortresses were rising in Dover, "an ancient hermit tottered night after night from his cell to a chapel on the cliff, and the tapers on the altar before which he knelt in his lonely orisons made a familiar beacon far over the rolling waters.
She tenderly disengaged herself, left him in the door, moved on to the child's crib, and in the dim light of the bedside taper, facing him from beyond it, soothed the little one by her silent touch.
Oh no, that's all gone off," cried the boy, drawing a deep long breath, as he eagerly looked round the deck and up at the rigging of the smart schooner, whose raking taper masts and white canvas gave her quite the look of a yacht.
The corners of wall bluntly rose, scarred and scrawled, to taper into towers and serrated peaks and pinnacled domes.
Les Coupeau se mirent à table, mangèrent de la charcuterie, mais sans faim, en n'osant seulement pas taper leur fourchette.
Elle ne pouvait plus souffler, rebondissant d'elle-même ainsi qu'une balle élastique, se laissant taper, aveuglée, lasse d'avoir cherché un trou.
D'ailleurs, on se lasse de taper.
The tapers in the tall candlesticks were yellow with smoke, and at each corner of the shelf stood a porcelain vase crowned with artificial flowers full of dust and stuck into moss.
Now it blew up and came down as if one of her own unstable Christmas trees had toppled over on her with all its ropes of tinsel, its lambent tapers, and its eggshell splendors.
The light from the windows had faded, the faint illumination from the taper before the shrine was insufficient fully to pierce the gloom.
Through the aperture O'Connell saw Maruffi run to an open window at the rear, then pause long enough to snatch the taper from its sconce at the foot of the little shrine and, stooping, touch its flame to the long lace curtains.
Not less valuable to the natives of these islands is the cocoa-nut tree, the stem of which is three or four feet in diameter at the root, whence it tapers gradually without branch or leaf to the top, where it terminates in a beautiful tuft or plume of long green leaves which wave gracefully in every breeze.
Innumerable tapers were burning in the church; the bits of silver and tin about the saints (especially in the Virgin's necklace) sparkled brilliantly; the priests were seated about the chief altar; the organ played away, lustily, and a full band did the like; while a conductor, in a little gallery opposite to the band, hammered away on the desk before him, with a scroll; and a tenor, without any voice, sang.
This part of the ceremony is prettier and more singular a little way in the country, where you can trace the illuminated cottages all the way up a steep hill- side; and where you pass festoons of tapers, wasting away in the starlight night, before some lonely little house upon the road.
When the sun went down, and it gradually grew quite dark inside, except for a few twinkling tapers on the principal altar, and some small dangling silver lamps, it was very mysterious and effective.
With the money collected at a festa, they usually pay for the dressing of the church, and for the hiring of the band, and for the tapers.

Examples of Taper

Example #1
And mock him home to Windsor.
Example #2
With some diffused song; upon their sight We two in great amazedness will fly.
Example #3
I think the devil will not have me damn'd, lest the oil that's in me should set hell on fire; he would never else cross me thus.
Example #4
You orphan heirs of fixed destiny, Attend your office and your quality.
Example #5
Children are afraid even of those they are best acquainted with, when disguised in a visor; and so 'tis with us; the visor must be removed as well from things as from persons, that being taken away, we shall find nothing underneath but the very same death that a mean servant or a poor chambermaid died a day or two ago, without any manner of apprehension.
Example #6
Happy is the death that deprives us of leisure for preparing such ceremonials.