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English noun: taper

1. taper (shape) a convex shape that narrows toward a point


Broader (hypernym)convex shape, convexity

2. taper (attribute) the property possessed by a shape that narrows toward a point (as a wedge or cone)


Broader (hypernym)narrowing


Narrower (hyponym)point, pointedness, unpointedness

3. taper (artifact) a loosely woven cord (in a candle or oil lamp) that draws fuel by capillary action up into the flame


Synonymswick


Broader (hypernym)cord


Narrower (hyponym)candlewick


Part meronymcandle, kerosene lamp, kerosine lamp, oil lamp, taper, wax light

4. taper (artifact) stick of wax with a wick in the middle


Synonymscandle, wax light


Broader (hypernym)lamp


Narrower (hyponym)chandlery, dip, rush candle, rushlight, vigil candle, vigil light


Part holonymcandlewick, taper, wick


English verb: taper

1. taper (change) diminish gradually


SamplesInterested tapered off.


Pattern of useSomething ----s


Broader (hypernym)decrease, diminish, fall, lessen

2. taper (change) give a point to


SamplesThe candles are tapered.


Synonymspoint, sharpen


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)change form, change shape, deform


Narrower (hyponym)acuminate









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