taper

Definitions

  • Auger-Bit-File.  Single-Cut Blunt, Flat, Bastard File.  Three-Square Single-Cut File.  Open Cut, taper, Half-Round File.  Double-Cut File.  Cabinet Wood-Rasp.  File-Card
    Auger-Bit-File. Single-Cut Blunt, Flat, Bastard File. Three-Square Single-Cut File. Open Cut, taper, Half-Round File. Double-Cut File. Cabinet Wood-Rasp. File-Card
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v taper diminish gradually "Interested tapered off"
    • v taper give a point to "The candles are tapered"
    • n taper stick of wax with a wick in the middle
    • n taper a loosely woven cord (in a candle or oil lamp) that draws fuel by capillary action up into the flame
    • n taper the property possessed by a shape that narrows toward a point (as a wedge or cone)
    • n taper a convex shape that narrows toward a point
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Taper A small wax candle; a small lighted wax candle; hence, a small light. "Get me a taper in my study, Lucius."
    • Taper A tapering form; gradual diminution of thickness in an elongated object; as, the taper of a spire.
    • a Taper Regularly narrowed toward the point; becoming small toward one end; conical; pyramidical; as, taper fingers.
    • v. i Taper To become gradually smaller toward one end; as, a sugar loaf tapers toward one end.
    • v. t Taper To make or cause to taper.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n taper A gradual decrease of power or capacity.
    • n taper A candle, especially a very slender candle; any device for giving light by the agency of a wick coated with combustible matter.
    • taper Long and becoming slenderer toward the point; becoming small toward one end.
    • taper Diminished; reduced.
    • taper To become taper; become gradually slenderer; grow less in diameter; diminish in one direction.
    • taper To diminish; grow gradually less.
    • taper To spring up in or as in a tall, tapering form.
    • taper To stop slowly or by degrees; cease gradually.
    • taper To cause to taper; make gradually smaller, especially in diameter; cause to diminish toward a point.
    • n taper Tapering form; gradual diminution of thickness in an elongated object; that which possesses a tapering form: as, the taper of a spire.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Taper tā′pėr a small wax-candle or light: tapering form
    • adj Taper narrowed towards the point, like a taper: long and slender
    • v.i Taper to become gradually smaller towards one end
    • v.t Taper to make to taper
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Quotations

  • Johnny Carson
    Johnny Carson
    “For days after death hair and fingernails continue to grow, but phone calls taper off.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. tapur, tapor, taper,; cf. Ir. tapar, W. tampr,

Usage

In literature:

It is straight and tapered, with a length of 38 cm.
"A Burial Cave in Baja California" by William C. Massey
The verger lighted a taper and prepared to ascend the stairs.
"Unfinished Portraits" by Jennette Lee
One pound of wax-taper being allowed to burn slowly in an ice apparatus, melted 133 libs.
"Elements of Chemistry," by Antoine Lavoisier
Chet took the lead with a lighted taper.
"The Girls of Central High on Lake Luna" by Gertrude W. Morrison
The small globose sporangium mounted upon a long upwardly tapering stipe, .5 mm.
"The North American Slime-Moulds" by Thomas H. (Thomas Huston) MacBride
This artillery fight lasted I should say for an hour, then tapered off.
"Personal Recollections of the War of 1861" by Charles Augustus Fuller
Mr. Cuming has one specimen an inch in length, but this is owing to the peduncle being unusually tapering.
"A Monograph on the Sub-class Cirripedia (Volume 1 of 2)" by Charles Darwin
Fruit of medium size, regularly formed, roundish conical, or tapering to the eye.
"The Apple" by Various
The other end tapers to a strong string or tendon.
"Applied Physiology" by Frank Overton
There, in the opening of the shutters, within reach of my arm, was standing a woman with a small coil of wax taper burning in her hand.
"The Great Keinplatz Experiment and Other Tales of Twilight and the Unseen" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
In the evening the synagogue is lighted up by means of large tapers and old-fashioned gas-chandeliers.
"The Religious Life of London" by J. Ewing Ritchie
In her tapering fingers was held a gold-link purse.
"Mask of Death" by Paul Ernst
A weft of smoke went drifting across the taper, and that too passed.
"Where the Pavement Ends" by John Russell
Stem stuffed and fibrillose, tapering downward.
"Student's Hand-book of Mushrooms of America, Edible and Poisonous" by Thomas Taylor
There is also a sleeve tight from wrist to below the elbow, and at that point very big and wide, tapering gradually to the shoulder.
"English Costume" by Dion Clayton Calthrop
Hearts held the taper.
"Harper's Round Table, July 2, 1895" by Various
Our birth is nothing but our death begun; As tapers waste, that instant they take fire.
"Young's Night Thoughts" by Edward Young
The hinder extremity tapers off considerably, and terminates in two points.
"Butterflies and Moths" by William S. Furneaux
This indicates that it is properly tapered so as to bring a uniform strain on the steel.
"Steel Traps" by A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding
The clerk's other hand worked a burning taper over the open top of a long-necked clay pot.
"The Moghul" by Thomas Hoover
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In poetry:

Her taper waist, you'd really think,
Made from a London doll;
But is, by many a cup of drink,
Completely two arms full.
"Mutation" by William Hutton
And fifty choristers were there
To sing the funeral song,
And a hallowed taper blazed in the hand
Of all the sacred throng.
"A Ballad, Shewing How An Old Woman Rode Double, And Who Rode Before Her" by Robert Southey
"The glimm'ring fire cheers not the gloom:
How blue its weakly ray!
And like a taper in a tomb,
But spreads the more dismay.
"Night Scenes Of Other Times" by Joanna Baillie
We saw the tapers burn
In the home so close to ours;
But however our hearts might yearn,
We dared not send our flowers.
"He will not understand," we said,
"Our loving thought of his loved dead."
"Next Door" by Charles Hanson Towne
It is calling to me, though the breezes are telling
Gay troubadour tales to the stars as they roam;
For the tapers are lit in the humble old dwelling,
And the love that it sheltered is calling me home.
"Calling to Me" by John O Brien
I was always a lover of ladies' hands!
Or ever mine heart came here to tryst,
For the sake of your carved white hands' commands;
The tapering fingers, the dainty wrist;
The hands of a girl were what I kissed.
"Ad Manus Puellae" by Ernest Christopher Dowson

In news:

I typically go into the race with a one-week taper , and it caught up with me in my last marathon.
One example of a race-week taper might look like this.
Look, do I need to taper before my 5K on Saturday.
Features Editor Jane Hahn talks about the all important taper .
During the taper , yardage is reduced considerably.
She rocked her tapered nails during the Grammys in February.
Vedanta Eyes More Free Cashflow in Coming Years as Capex Tapers.
Jonathan Groff and Alfred Molina star in John Logan's Red, opening August 12, as Tony Award-winning play makes its West Coast premiere as part of Center Theatre Group's season at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles.
Jon Robin Baitz's new play is smartly delivered at Mark Taper Forum.
Robert Foxworth and Robin Weigert in "Other Desert Cities" at the Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum.
This may cause taper candles to bend or negatively affect the quality of your candles .
Vedanta Eyes More Free Cashflow in Coming Years as Capex Tapers.
SKF offers a complete line of heavy duty aftermarket products, including Scotseal wheel seals, heavy duty tapered bearings and Brakemaster air dryers .
Lincoln, the new Steven Spielberg epic starring Daniel Day-Lewis, is the latest of nearly two dozen movies and TV miniseries to use tapers made by Lowell's Ymittos Candle Company.
Bill Brauch from the attorney generals` office says the number of cases tapered off.
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In science:

However, by applying a Gaussian taper to the data in the UV-plane, maps were made at 10 mas and 15 mas resolution for comparison with the EVN images.
Global VLBI Observations of Compact Radio Sources in M82
The phase pattern of the feeds have an estimated error of less than one degree, while the amplitude taper at the edge of the reflector aperture is −6 dB.
Near-Field Radio Holography of Large Reflector Antennas
This is more than we would like (a free– space taper of 2.5 dB has to be added to the measured level).
Near-Field Radio Holography of Large Reflector Antennas
This res ults in a recovered signal spectrum with tapered band edges which will overlap with its images in the spectral domain.
A spectral synthesis method to suppress aliasing and calibrate for delay errors in Fourier transform correlators
Metallicity apparently has a minor effect on predicted NLTE corrections, with the peak correction occurring near [Fe/H] = −1.0 and then tapering off slightly by no more than 0.10 dex at [Fe/H] = −3.0.
Carbon Abundances of Three Carbon-Enhanced Metal-Poor Stars from High-Resolution Gemini-S/bHROS Spectra of the 8727A [C I] Line
Figure 4: Tapered vaccuum chamber as designed for the fixed field scenario.
Improvements to the ILC Upstream Polarimeter
The amplified light is coupled into a high finesse microresonator mode using a tapered optical fibre.
Octave Spanning Frequency Comb on a Chip
The coupling to the microresonator mode can be optimized by adjusting polarization, distance between tapered fibre and resonator, and fibre diameter.
Octave Spanning Frequency Comb on a Chip
Phase-matched excitation of whispering-gallerymode resonances by a fiber taper.
Octave Spanning Frequency Comb on a Chip
To terminate both the signal and the template smoothly an exponential taper is applied.
The search for spinning black hole binaries in mock LISA data using a genetic algorithm
The taper affects the data when two black holes are separated by a distance R = 7M and kills the signal completely around R = 6M (which is the last stable orbit for the test mass in Schwarzschild space-time).
The search for spinning black hole binaries in mock LISA data using a genetic algorithm
M (R/M )3/2 = The exponential taper causes problems for the long-wavelength approximation, and our template deviates from the signal during the last cycle.
The search for spinning black hole binaries in mock LISA data using a genetic algorithm
However, as the light reaches the lower index regions of the taper, considerable leakage ensues.
Photonic Technologies for a Pupil Remapping Interferometer
Throughout this Letter, we shall refer to a case, when B (x) > 0 (x0 < x < x1 ) , as the case of weak tapering.
A Graphical Approach to a Model of Neuronal Tree with Variable Diameter
Single Axially Symmetric Branch with Arbitrary Tapering.
A Graphical Approach to a Model of Neuronal Tree with Variable Diameter
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