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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of taper.
  • adj. narrowing gradually towards a point
  • adj. lit with a taper

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Lighted with a taper or tapers.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Lighted with tapers.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. becoming gradually narrower


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  • As the term tapered to an end, things went from bad to worse with her; and since, besides, the parting with Evelyn was at the door, she was often to be seen with red-rimmed eyelids, which she did not even try to conceal.

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  • The Queen pulled back on the cross, leaving the Governess holding the thin tapered dagger that had been concealed inside.

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  • Over the months, they'd gotten a case or two that way, but as time went on, the calls tapered off, as word of their father's demise worked its way through the hunters 'grapevine.


  • - Straight-ended sunk keys, also called tapered driving keys - in this case the shaft and the hub (or the machine parts in question) are mounted as in normal use and the sunk key driven in subsequently.

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  • One of them is the so-called tapered spacer that is designed, much like a restrictor plate, to limit horsepower by restricting airflow to the engine.

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  • The frames are molded in Uni-Directional UD carbon fiber and boast all the standard features such as tapered head tubes and press-fit BB30 bottom brackets.

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  • For sometime, I felt privileged but then again, my visits to Mexico kind of tapered and then they raised the price to $1440.00 annually for 1400 anytime minutes per month, which I hardly use anymore.

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  • This is how we've seen it early in the day, and then it kind of tapered off a little bit.

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  • It was really bad for a while -- close to intolerable like yours -- then it kind of tapered off, then it was off-again, on-again as now, with blissful periods of complete absence so there is something to look forward to.

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  • While the Santa Ana winds seemed to have kind of tapered down just a little bit, Chad Myers in the Weather Center, you give us the more accurate view of how things stand.

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