What is the difference between Candles and Tapers?

The difference between candles and tapers

is that "candles" is a light source consisting of a wick embedded in a solid, flammable substance such as wax, tallow, or paraffin and "tapers" is a slender wax candle; a small lighted wax candle.

candles

tapers

Noun

  • A light source consisting of a wick embedded in a solid, flammable substance such as wax, tallow, or paraffin.
  • The protruding, removable portion of a filter, particularly a water filter.
  • (obsolete) A unit of luminous intensity, now replaced by the SI unit candela.
  • (forestry) A fast-growing, light-colored, upward-growing shoot on a pine tree in the spring. As growth slows in summer, the shoot darkens and is no longer conspicuous.

Related terms

  • candela
  • candelabrum
  • candid
  • candidate
  • chandelier
  • chandler
  • chandlery

Verb

  • (embryology, transitive) To observe the growth of an embryo inside (an egg), using a bright light source.
  • (pottery) To dry greenware prior to beginning of the firing cycle, setting the kiln at 200° Celsius until all water is removed from the greenware.
  • To check an item (such as an envelope) by holding it between a light source and the eye.

Noun

  • A slender wax candle; a small lighted wax candle
  • (by extension) a small light.
  • A tapering form; gradual diminution of thickness and/or cross section in an elongated object
  • A thin stick used for lighting candles, either a wax-coated wick or a slow-burning wooden rod.

Examples

  • strike on the tinder, ho!/ Give me a taper.
  • Love used to carry a bow, you know,
  • But now he carries a taper;
  • It is either a length of wax aglow,
  • Or a twist of lighted paper.
  • the taper of a spire
  • The legs of the table had a slight taper to them.
  • Her hair hangs over her ears and flows to a taper at the back of her neck where it is held in place with a wide and circular black clasp.

Verb

  • (transitive) To make thinner or narrower at one end.
  • (intransitive) To diminish gradually.

Synonyms

  • narrow

Examples

  • Though true cylinders without — within, the villainous green goggling glasses deceitfully tapered downwards to a cheating bottom.

Adjective

  • Tapered; narrowing to a point.