Markets would have to defend against the possibility of a strong report reigniting October taper expectations.
This is the dreaded “taper” that has lately given stock markets nausea.
After that time, it is my hope that things will taper off a bit.
The massive earth walls are three stories high and taper toward the top.
She bore the taper before you, when you came through the underground passage.
It was a taper shooting a feeble light across a small aperture.
The outline of the fronds is lanceolate, and they taper very decidedly towards the base as well as at the tip.
Sometimes the ends are made to taper, but experts say that this is not correct.
Marie Antoinette read the letter, but not understanding it, twisted it up into a taper and lighted it at her candle.
And he signed her to take a taper in her hand, and come with him to her mistress' bed.
Old English tapur, taper "candle," 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" (e.g. Italian papijo "wick"), because these often were made from the pith of papyrus. Cf. 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."
"shoot up like a flame or spire," 1580s, from taper (n.). Sense of "gradually decrease in size, force, etc." first recorded c.1600. Related: Tapered; tapering.