The massive earth walls are three stories high and taper toward the top.
Markets would have to defend against the possibility of a strong report reigniting October taper expectations.
This is the dreaded “taper” that has lately given stock markets nausea.
After that time, it is my hope that things will taper off a bit.
She bore the taper before you, when you came through the underground passage.
I got me to bed, blew out my taper, and composed myself to sleep.
The outline of the fronds is lanceolate, and they taper very decidedly towards the base as well as at the tip.
The resolve adopted, he took up a taper and went off to bed.
Marie Antoinette read the letter, but not understanding it, twisted it up into a taper and lighted it at her candle.
Then,” said taper Tom, “you may have my fish and I will take your goose.
Old English tapur, taper "candle," not found outside English, possibly a dissimilated borrowing from Latin papyrus (see papyrus), which was used in Medieval Latin and some Romance languages for "wick of a candle" (e.g. Italian papijo "wick"), because these often were made from the pith of papyrus. Cf. also German kerze "candle," from Old High German charza, from Latin charta, from Greek khartes "papyrus, roll made from papyrus, wick made from pith of papyrus."
"shoot up like a flame or spire," 1580s, from taper (n.). Sense of "gradually decrease in size, force, etc." first recorded c.1600. Related: Tapered; tapering.