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
Definition for taper (2 of 2)
Example sentences from the Web for taper
It includes a taper level for fading and blending as well as zero-overlap.The best beard trimmer: Shape your facial hair with ease|Carsen Joenk|January 19, 2021|Popular Science
In sports, this is why so many tapers end with a few short, intense efforts.
The lightly caffeinated beverage tapered my appetite while ensuring I had some nutrition.
My work with students tapered off dramatically in 2010, after I had my first child.College Application Guru Turned Author Lacy Crawford on ‘Early Decision’|Lizzie Crocker|August 24, 2013|DAILY BEAST
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.
Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Maya Rudolph put their best tapered-pant-leg forward in this mock ad for the infamous pants.
Holaf still remained by my side, and his hand did not leave the oddly-carved butt of the tapered tube-gun.Valley of the Croen|Lee Tarbell
The wood was sharpened like a lead pencil at one end, and a groove was cut out of the tapered part to hold the ink.
Provide a machine screw, S, for the hole C and drill a small tapered hole in the end of the screw.
The end of the pipe is tapered still more by rasping off the end.
If the branch is tapered with the rasp as shown the joint can be made very tight.