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TA'PER, n. A small wax candle; a small lighted wax candle, or a small light.

Get me a taper in my study, Lucius.

TA'PER, a. [supposed to be from the form of a taper.]

Regularly narrowed towards the point; becoming small towards one end; conical; pyramidical; as taper fingers.

TA'PER, v.i. To diminish or become gradually smaller towards one end; as, a sugar loaf tapers towards a point.

TA'PER, v.t. To make gradually smaller in diameter.




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TA'PER, n. A small wax candle; a small lighted wax candle, or a small light.

Get me a taper in my study, Lucius.

TA'PER, a. [supposed to be from the form of a taper.]

Regularly narrowed towards the point; becoming small towards one end; conical; pyramidical; as taper fingers.

TA'PER, v.i. To diminish or become gradually smaller towards one end; as, a sugar loaf tapers towards a point.

TA'PER, v.t. To make gradually smaller in diameter.


TA'PER, a. [supposed to be from the form of a taper.]

Regularly narrowed toward the point; becoming small toward one end; conical; pyramidical; as, taper fingers. Dryden.


TA'PER, n. [Sax. taper, tapur. Qu. It. doppiere, a torch, W. tampyr.]

A small wax candle; a small lighted wax candle, or a small light. Get me a taper in my study, Lucius. Shak.


TA'PER, v.i.

To diminish or become gradually smaller toward one end; as, a sugar loaf tapers toward a point.


TA'PER, v.t.

To make gradually smaller in diameter.


Ta"per
  1. A small wax candle; a small lighted wax candle; hence, a small light.

    Get me a taper in my study, Lucius. Shak.

  2. Regularly narrowed toward the point; becoming small toward one end; conical; pyramidical; as, taper fingers.
  3. To become gradually smaller toward one end] as, a sugar loaf tapers toward one end.
  4. To make or cause to taper.
  5. A tapering form; gradual diminution of thickness in an elongated object; as, the taper of a spire.

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Taper

TA'PER, noun A small wax candle; a small lighted wax candle, or a small light.

Get me a taper in my study, Lucius.

TA'PER, adjective [supposed to be from the form of a taper ]

Regularly narrowed towards the point; becoming small towards one end; conical; pyramidical; as taper fingers.

TA'PER, verb intransitive To diminish or become gradually smaller towards one end; as, a sugar loaf tapers towards a point.

TA'PER, verb transitive To make gradually smaller in diameter.

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importance

IMPORT'ANCE, n.

1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

Thy own importance know.

Nor bound thy narrow views to things below.

3. Weight or consequence in self-estimation.

He believes himself a man of importance.

4. Thing implied; matter; subject; importunity. [In these senses, obsolete.]

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vault

VAULT, n. [L. vultus; a derivative of L. volvo, volutus.]

1. A continued arch, or an arched roof. Vaults are of various kinds, circular, elliptical, single, double, cross, diagonal, Gothic, &c.

2. A cellar.

To banish rats that haunt our vault.

3. A cave or cavern.

The silent vaults of death, unknown to light.

4. A repository for the dead.

5. In the manege, the leap or a horse.

VAULT, v.t. To arch; to form with a vault; or to cover with a vault; as, to vault a passage to a court.

VAULT, v.i.

1. To leap; to bound; to jump; to spring.

Vaulting ambition, which o'erleaps itself -

Leaning on his lance, he vaulted on a tree.

Lucan vaulted upon Pegasus with all the heat and intrepidity of youth.

2. To tumble; to exhibit feats of tumbling or leaping.

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