What does the word taper mean?

Usage examples for taper

  1. Try it in any way I will, it does neither the one thing nor the other: it will not take fire; it will not let the taper burn; it puts out the combustion of everything. – The Chemical History Of A Candle by Michael Faraday
  2. The mole here is larger than in Europe; the upper part of the body is of a greyish brown, the lower part an ash grey; the legs are covered with a white fur, and the taper tail is one- fifth of the length of the body. – A New Voyage Round the World, in the years 1823, 24, 25, and 26, Vol. 2 by Otto von Kotzebue
  3. When thoroughly dry, the loose edges of the patch should be carefully torn off so as to slope and taper off nicely. – Practical Bookbinding by Paul Adam