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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


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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