- n. 细蜡烛，烛芯；逐渐变弱；锥形物
- vi. 逐渐减少；逐渐变弱
- vt. 逐渐减少；使成锥形
1. paper => taper.
2. Taper is ultimately the same word as paper. Both go bach to Latin papyrus 'papyrus'.
3. This was used among other things for a 'candlewick made from papyrus', and hence for a 'candle'.
4. The verb taper 'become narrower', is an allusion to the shape of the candle.
来自古英语 taper,灯芯，蜡烛，异化自拉丁语 papyrus,纸莎草，词源同 paper.因过去用纸莎草 芯做灯芯而引申该词义，后进一步引申词义锥形物，逐渐变细等。
- taper: [OE] Taper is ultimately the same word as paper. Both go bach to Latin papyrus ‘papyrus’. This was used among other things for a ‘candlewick made from papyrus’, and hence for a ‘candle’. It seems to have been borrowed in this sense into Old English as *papur, and by a process known as dissimilation (in which one of a pair of similar speech sounds is changed, so as to break up the pair) it became tapur. The verb taper ‘become narrower’, which emerged in the 16th century, is an allusion to the shape of the candle.
=> paper, papyrus
- taper (n.)
- Old English tapur, taper "candle, lamp-wick," not found outside English, possibly a dissimilated borrowing from Latin papyrus (see papyrus), which was used in Medieval Latin and some Romance languages for "wick of a candle" (such as Italian papijo "wick"), because these often were made from the pith of papyrus. Compare also German kerze "candle," from Old High German charza, from Latin charta, from Greek khartes "papyrus, roll made from papyrus, wick made from pith of papyrus."
- taper (v.)
- 1580s, "shoot up like a flame or spire," via an obsolete adjective taper, from taper (n.), on the notion of the converging form of the flame of a candle. Sense of "become slender, gradually grow less in size, force, etc." first recorded c. 1600. Transitive sense from 1670s. Related: Tapered; tapering.
- 1. Taper the shape of your eyebrows towards the outer corners.
- 2. I suggested that we start to taper off the counseling sessions.
- 3. Immigration is expected to taper off.
- 4. Unlike other trees, it doesn't taper very much. It stays fat all the way up.
- 5. If the charcoal does fail to light, use a special liquid spray and light it with a long taper.
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