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.
- tape streamer,
- tape transport,
- taper off,
- taper pin,
- taper relief,
- tapered roller bearing,
Origin of taper1
Examples from the Web for tapered
Emigration, which hit epic levels in the 1980s and 1990s, seems to have tapered off.
The former OC star, 26, was channelling Hollywood chic in a tapered tuxedo and bright orange lipstick.
When it tapered off in 2005, stability and economic growth returned to the West Bank—to the tune of eight percent last year.
Tapered iron wedges on the well-known mechanical principle, for splitting out blocks and for other similar purposes.The Sailor's Word-Book|William Henry Smyth
But where he tapered from broad shoulders to flat hips, they were straight up and down.Acid Bath|Vaseleos Garson
His trousers were baggy as they tapered downward, and rather suggested a sailor's in the way they widened towards the feet.Forty Years of 'Spy'|Leslie Ward
The variation of diameter in tapered bolts is 3⁄8 of an inch per foot of length.An Introduction to Machine Drawing and Design|David Allan Low
Sometimes tree trunks were hollowed out and tapered at the ends to fit into the funnel-shaped end of another.Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed.|S. A. Reilly
Word Origin for taper
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.