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Word: taper

Definition: very thin candle; gradual decrease in the width of a long object; V. make or become gradually narrower toward one end


Sentences Containing 'taper'

``Really, my dear Albert,''replied Lucien, lighting a manilla at a rose colored taper that burnt in a beautifully enamelled stand``how happy you are to have nothing to do.
Monte Cristo then drew a lighted taper from a closet, and when the thief was deeply engaged with his lock, silently opened the door, taking care that the light should shine directly on his face.
Then the count brought the taper to the window, that it might be seen in the Champs Elysees that a man was getting out of the window while another held a light.
There is reason to believe that the extinction of a whole group of species is generally a slower process than their production: if their appearance and disappearance be represented, as before, by a vertical line of varying thickness the line is found to taper more gradually at its upper end, which marks the progress of extermination, than at its lower end, which marks the first appearance and the early increase in number of the species.
To my misfortune I yielded to it, showing her to him one night by the light of a taper at a window where we used to talk to one another.
It was drawn by four plodding oxen all covered with black housings; on each horn they had fixed a large lighted wax taper, and on the top of the cart was constructed a raised seat, on which sat a venerable old man with a beard whiter than the very snow, and so long that it fell below his waist; he was dressed in a long robe of black buckram; for as the cart was thickly set with a multitude of candles it was easy to make out everything that was on it.
But this method of reasoning can never have place with regard to a Being, so remote and incomprehensible, who bears much less analogy to any other being in the universe than the sun to a waxen taper, and who discovers himself only by some faint traces or outlines, beyond which we have no authority to ascribe to him any attribute or perfection.
But there were no other clothes in my room than the odd heap of things I wore; and when I was left there, with a little taper which my aunt forewarned me would burn exactly five minutes, I heard them lock my door on the outside.
She lay between us, and the red light; and every taper line and spar was visible against the glow.

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