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  1. becoming gradually thinner, narrower, or smaller toward one end: The tapered table leg has long been a classic design.The wine’s bouquet hit our nostrils the moment we opened the elegantly tapered bottle.

  2. reduced gradually over time: Once the allergic reaction had been alleviated, the patient was discharged with a tapered steroid dose and scheduled for outpatient follow-up.

  1. the simple past tense and past participle of taper1.

Origin of tapered

First recorded in 1620–30; taper1 + -ed2 for the adjective senses; taper1 + -ed1 for the verb sense

Other words from tapered

  • un·ta·pered, adjective

Words Nearby tapered

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