verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- to become gradually more slender toward one end.
- to cease by degrees; decrease; diminish: The storm is beginning to taper off now. I haven't stopped smoking entirely, but I'm tapering off to three cigarettes a day.
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Origin of taper1
historical usage of taper
A taper is a candle that narrows at one end. The corresponding verb sense “to narrow gradually toward one end” appeared in the very early 17th century; the related figurative sense “to gradually decrease or diminish” dates from the mid-19th century.
OTHER WORDS FROM taperta·per·er, nounta·per·ing·ly, adverbun·ta·pered, adjectiveun·ta·per·ing, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH tapertaper , tapir
Words nearby taper
Definition for taper (2 of 2)
Example sentences from the Web for taper
More recently, researchers have suggested that a “mental taper,” avoiding stressful or mentally fatiguing activities before a big race, could be useful.
After that time, it is my hope that things will taper off a bit.Alex Haley’s 1965 Playboy Interview with Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.|Alex Haley|January 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In January, the Fed will start to scale back—taper—its bond purchases, from $85 billion per month to $75 billion.
Gabrielle Taper, 19, sat next to her two teenage friends and nibbled on crawfish and Andouille, a type of sausage made from pork.New Orleans Celebrates Its Favorite Sandwich at the Oak Street Po-Boy Festival|Tyler Gillespie|November 26, 2013|DAILY BEAST
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.Bernanke Hints at Fed Exit, but Don’t Expect Big Name to Succeed Him|Daniel Gross|June 6, 2013|DAILY BEAST
She blushed and declined, and, with the refusal on her very lips, fished it out with her taper fingers.
Then the porter lifted a taper, and, followed by the young lad, began to make the tour of the church.Chicot the Jester|Alexandre Dumas, Pere
I suppose it to have been large, for, with the help of the feeble taper, I could scarcely distinguish the walls.
I then desired my young companions to follow, and giving one taper with little ceremony to the abbess, said to her, 'Forward!'
One by one the delicate candle flames sprang from the taper and a soft light illumined the pale rich chamber.The Rake's Progress|Marjorie Bowen