As a noun taper
is a slender wax candle; a small lighted wax candle; hence, a small light or taper
can be (weaving) one who operates a tape machine.
As a verb taper
is to make thinner or narrower at one end.
As an adjective pintailed is
(zoology) having a tapered tail, with the middle feathers longest.
From (etyl) taper, from (etyl) .
A slender wax candle; a small lighted wax candle; hence, a small light.
* ~1603 , William Shakespeare, ''Othello, Act I, scene I, line 157:
* 1913 ,
- strike on the tinder, ho!/ Give me a taper .
- Love used to carry a bow, you know,
- But now he carries a taper ;
- It is either a length of wax aglow,
A tapering form; gradual diminution of thickness and/or cross section in an elongated object
- Or a twist of lighted paper.
- the taper of a spire.
A thin stick used for lighting candles, either a wax-coated wick or a slow-burning wooden rod.
- The legs of the table had a slight taper to them.
To make thinner or narrower at one end.
* 1851 ,
To diminish gradually.
- Though true cylinders without — within, the villanous green goggling glasses deceitfully tapered downwards to a cheating bottom.
* taper off
(weaving) One who operates a tape machine.
Someone who works with tape or tapes.
(zoology) Having a tapered tail, with the middle feathers longest.