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
She would never have used the “T” word, “tapering,” because unemployment remains unconcionably high.
In June, Bernanke had said that the tapering could start only once gains in the labor market seemed persistent and safe.Stock Market Soars on Fed’s Bond-Buying Announcement|Daniel Gross|September 18, 2013|DAILY BEAST
If interest rates jump in response to Fed tapering, whoever chairs the Fed will slow or suspend it.Congress and China Pose Biggest Threats to U.S. Economic Expansion|Robert Shapiro|September 5, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The tapering of certain letters indicates the laudable trait of tact.For Presidential Hopefuls, the Handwriting Says It All|Sheila Kurtz|January 11, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The Mundiru is a double roofed building, the upper roof short and tapering.Phallic Miscellanies|Hargrave Jennings
The outline of the leafy part is triangular in form, and on either side of the rachis are the tapering pinnæ.How to Know the Ferns|S. Leonard Bastin
But I lived long enough among them to look upon a tapering waist as a disgusting deformity.Mizora: A Prophecy|Mary E. Bradley
The tapering, covered-in body will be observed; this is to reduce wind resistance as the machine rushes through the air.The Aeroplane|Claude Grahame-White and Harry Harper
It consists of a socket into which slides a pencil by hard friction, and to which is hinged a tapering, pointed leg.