Taper

  • 1 taper — 1. (ta pé) v. a. 1°   Donner une tape, des tapes. Tapez ce petit drôle. 2°   Taper les cheveux, les relever avec le peigne, les crêper ; locution vieillie ; on dit crêper. •   Dites à Montgobert qu on ne tape point les cheveux, et qu on ne tourne …

    Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • 2 Taper — may refer to: * Fishing rod tapers, a measure of the flexibility of a fishing rod * In geometry, or in the casual description of a shaper or object, a gradual thinning or narrowing towards one end * Machine taper, in machinery and engineering *… …

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  • 3 Taper — Ta per, n. [AS. tapur, tapor, taper; cf. Ir. tapar, W. tampr.] 1. A small wax candle; a small lighted wax candle; hence, a small light. [1913 Webster] Get me a taper in my study, Lucius. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. A tapering form; gradual diminution …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 taper — Taper. v. a. Frapper, donner un coup. Il l a bien tapé. je vous taperay. Le peuple dit aussi, Tapoter, & l un & l autre est bas. On dit, Taper les cheveux, pour dire, Les mesler & les relever avec le peigne d une certaine maniere qui les renfle & …

    Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • 5 Taper — Ta per, a. [Supposed to be from taper, n., in allusion to its form.] Regularly narrowed toward the point; becoming small toward one end; conical; pyramidical; as, taper fingers. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 6 taper — [tā′pər] n. [ME < OE tapur, prob. by dissimilation < L papyrus (see PAPER): from use of papyrus pith as wick] 1. a wax candle, esp. a long, slender one 2. a long wick coated with wax, used for lighting candles, lamps, etc. 3. any feeble… …

    English World dictionary

  • 7 Taper — Ta per, v. t. To make or cause to taper. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 8 taper — (n.) O.E. tapur, taper candle, not found outside English, possibly a dissimilated borrowing from L. papyrus (see PAPYRUS (Cf. papyrus)), which was used in M.L. and some Romance languages for wick of a candle (e.g. It. papijo wick ), since these… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 9 taper — / taper off [v] decrease to a point abate, bate, close, come to a point, die away, die out, diminish, drain, dwindle, fade, lessen, narrow, recede, reduce, rescind, subside, thin, thin out, wane, weaken, wind down; concepts 137,698,776 Ant. go up …

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  • 10 taper — ► VERB 1) diminish or reduce in thickness towards one end. 2) (taper off) gradually lessen. ► NOUN ▪ a slender tapered candle, used for conveying a flame. ORIGIN Old English, formed, by alteration of p to t , from Latin papyrus papyrus plant ,… …

    English terms dictionary

  • 11 Taper — Ta per, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Tapered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Tapering}.] To become gradually smaller toward one end; as, a sugar loaf tapers toward one end. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 12 taper — index attenuate, converge, decrease, diminish, lessen Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 13 taper — 1. taper [ tape ] v. tr. <conjug. : 1> • 1752; a. provenç. tapar (XIVe), d un germ. °tappon, néerl. tap « bouchon » ♦ Mar. Boucher avec une tape. Taper les écubiers. taper 2. taper [ tape ] v. <conjug. : 1> • 1181; onomat., ou du moy …

    Encyclopédie Universelle

  • 14 taper — A gradual narrowing in size of a long round object toward one end. See advanced rim taper base rim taper bead seat taper center rim taper drop center rim taper flat base rim taper intermediate rim taper rim bead seat taper …

    Dictionary of automotive terms

  • 15 taper — v.t. Emprunter : Il va encore me taper. / Voler. / Sentir mauvais : Il tape des pieds. / Taper dans l’œil, plaire. □ se taper v.pr. S octroyer, s administrer : Se taper une nénette. / S en taper plein la lampe, se taper la tête, manger… …

    Dictionnaire du Français argotique et populaire

  • 16 taper — [[t]te͟ɪpə(r)[/t]] tapers, tapering, tapered 1) V ERG If something tapers, or if you taper it, it becomes gradually thinner at one end. Unlike other trees, it doesn t taper very much. It stays fat all the way up. [V ing] ...beautiful hands with… …

    English dictionary

  • 17 taper — I UK [ˈteɪpə(r)] / US [ˈteɪpər] verb Word forms taper : present tense I/you/we/they taper he/she/it tapers present participle tapering past tense tapered past participle tapered 1) [intransitive/transitive] to gradually become narrower towards… …

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  • 18 taper — ta|per1 [ˈteıpə US ər] v [I and T] to become gradually narrower towards one end, or to make something become narrower at one end taper to ▪ His wide chest tapers to a small waist. >tapering adj ▪ long tapering fingers taper off phr v to… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 19 TAPER — v. a. Frapper, donner un ou plusieurs coups. Il l a bien tapé. Je vous taperai. En ce sens, il est familier.  Taper les cheveux, Les arranger et les relever avec le peigne, d une certaine manière qui les renfle et les fait paraître davantage.… …

    Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 7eme edition (1835)

  • 20 taper — vt taper qn – lui emprunter de l’argent. • À la fin du mois Gérard vient toujours me taper 100 balles. Qu’il me rend, d’ailleurs, presque toujours. taper dans l œil se taper …

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