"taper" in the noun sense
a convex shape that narrows toward a point
the property possessed by a shape that narrows toward a point (as a wedge or cone)
3. wick, taper
a loosely woven cord (in a candle or oil lamp) that draws fuel by capillary action up into the flame
4. candle, taper, wax light
stick of wax with a wick in the middle
"taper" in the verb sense
"Interested tapered off"
2. sharpen, taper, point
give a point to
"The candles are tapered"
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