Taper vs Thin - What's the difference?

taper | thin |

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 a proper noun thin is

the fifth earthly branch represented by the.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?



Etymology 1

From (etyl) taper, from (etyl) .


(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


    (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
    * narrow

    Etymology 2


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

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  • Having little thickness or extent from one surface to its opposite.
  • thin plate of metal
    thin paper
    thin board
    thin covering
  • Very narrow in all diameters; having a cross section that is small in all directions.
  • thin wire
    thin string
  • Having little body fat or flesh; slim; slender; lean; gaunt.
  • thin person
  • Of low viscosity or low specific gravity, e.g., as is water compared to honey.
  • Scarce; not close, crowded, or numerous; not filling the space.
  • The trees of a forest are thin'''; the corn or grass is '''thin .
  • * Addison
  • Ferrara is very large, but extremely thin of people.
  • (golf) Describing a poorly played golf shot where the ball is struck by the bottom part of the club head. See fat, shank, toe.
  • Lacking body or volume; small; feeble; not full.
  • * Dryden
  • thin , hollow sounds, and lamentable screams
  • Slight; small; slender; flimsy; superficial; inadequate; not sufficient for a covering.
  • a thin disguise


    * reedy * slender * slim * skinny * waifish * fine * lightweight * narrow * svelte * See also


    * thick

    Derived terms

    * into thin air * razor thin * thin air * thin as a rake * thick and thin * thin-skinned * wear thin


    (en noun)
  • (philately) A loss or tearing of paper from the back of a stamp, although not sufficient to create a complete hole.
  • Any food produced or served in thin slices.
  • chocolate mint thins
    potato thins


  • To make thin or thinner.
  • To become thin or thinner.
  • To dilute.
  • To remove some plants in order to improve the growth of those remaining.
  • Derived terms

    * thin out


    (en adverb)
  • Not thickly or closely; in a scattered state.
  • seed sown thin
  • * Francis Bacon
  • Spain is thin sown of people.


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