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Definition of taper:

  1. A small wax candle; a small lighted wax candle; hence, a small light.
  2. A tapering form; gradual diminution of thickness in an elongated object; as, the taper of a spire.
  3. Regularly narrowed toward the point; becoming small toward one end; conical; pyramidical; as, taper fingers.
  4. To become gradually smaller toward one end; as, a sugar loaf tapers toward one end.
  5. To make or cause to taper.

Synonyms:

die, live, fagot, betoken, Chinese lantern, reduction, increase, cd, orient, slowdown, safety match, slash, indicate, luff, decline, steer, dilate, level, cutback, repoint, abate, cut, heighten, place, ratchet also rachet, direct, candelabra, pall, channelize, incendiary, sharpen, show, crater, ebb, abatement, ease, target, point, collapse, focus, candle, candela, recede, manoeuvre, lower, open out, narrow, standard candle, spill, charge, signal, broaden, moderate, diminishment, subside, aim, drop, gaslight, stretch, guide, widen, fall away, de-escalate, bespeak, wax light, faggot, wane, phase down, fall, curtailment, designate, maneuver, cord, relent, head, wick, Japanese lantern, dip, focalise, poker, manoeuver, diminution, focalize, candlestick, chandelier, let up, remit, match, matchstick, slump, channelise.

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