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taper (noun) a very thin candle; a long thin piece of wood, paper, etc., used for lighting fire or lamp.
Tapers are thin candles. Tapers are also thin pieces of wood, paper, etc., we use for lighting a fire or a lamp. A piece of wax-coated string used for lighting lamps is also a taper.
- The tapers were lighted and placed along the wall. The thin candles along the wall made it look beautiful.
- He did not find any taper to light the fire with. He didn't see any thin piece of wood or paper to light the fire with, so he lit it with a small string that he found lying there.