Origin of taper

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before 900; Middle English: wax candle, Old English, variant of tapur, dissimilated variant of *papur paper
Related formsta·per·er, nounta·per·ing·ly, adverbun·ta·pered, adjectiveun·ta·per·ing, adjective
Can be confusedtaper tapir

Definition for taper (2 of 2)

taper

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[ tey-per ]
/ ˈteɪ pər /

noun

a person who records or edits magnetic tape, videotape, etc.

Origin of taper

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British Dictionary definitions for taper

taper

/ (ˈteɪpə) /

verb

to become or cause to become narrower towards one endthe spire tapers to a point
(often foll by off) to become or cause to become smaller or less significant

noun

Derived Formstaperer, nountapering, adjectivetaperingly, adverb

Word Origin for taper

Old English tapor, probably from Latin papӯrus papyrus (from its use as a wick)
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