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.
- 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.
- (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.
- 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.
- 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.
- (transitive) To make thinner or narrower at one end.
- (intransitive) To diminish gradually.
- Though true cylinders without — within, the villainous green goggling glasses deceitfully tapered downwards to a cheating bottom.
- Tapered; narrowing to a point.