how to pronounce taper


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taper is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of taper in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… that there might be a taper which sent …”

meanings of taper


  1. A slender wax candle; a small lighted wax candle.
  2. One who operates a tape machine.
  3. A tapering form; gradual diminution of thickness and/or cross section in an elongated object.
  4. Someone who works with tape or tapes.
  5. A small light.
  6. A thin stick used for lighting candles, either a wax-coated wick or a slow-burning wooden rod.


  1. To diminish gradually.
  2. To make thinner or narrower at one end.


  1. Tapered; narrowing to a point.

taper frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word taper occurs in english on average 1.2 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics taper can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that taper can be often used in the following areas:

1) life, nature, and living environment;

words with pronunciation similar to taper


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