Taper vs Pintailed - What's the difference?

taper | pintailed |


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.

taper

English

Etymology 1

From (etyl) taper, from (etyl) .

Noun

(en noun)
  • A slender wax candle; a small lighted wax candle; hence, a small light.
  • * ~1603 , William Shakespeare, ''Othello, Act I, scene I, line 157:
  • strike on the tinder, ho!/ Give me a taper .
  • * 1913 ,
  • Love used to carry a bow, you know,
    But now he carries a taper ;
    It is either a length of wax aglow,
    Or a twist of lighted paper.
  • A tapering form; gradual diminution of thickness and/or cross section in an elongated object
  • the taper of a spire.
    The legs of the table had a slight taper to them.
  • A thin stick used for lighting candles, either a wax-coated wick or a slow-burning wooden rod.
  • Derived terms
    * taperwise

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • To make thinner or narrower at one end.
  • * 1851 ,
  • Though true cylinders without — within, the villanous green goggling glasses deceitfully tapered downwards to a cheating bottom.
  • To diminish gradually.
  • Derived terms
    * taper off
    Synonyms
    * narrow

    Etymology 2

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • (weaving) One who operates a tape machine.
  • Someone who works with tape or tapes.
  • Anagrams

    * ----

    pintailed

    English

    Adjective

    (-)
  • (zoology) Having a tapered tail, with the middle feathers longest.