from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of taper.
  • n. A tapered shape.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Becoming gradually smaller toward one end.

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

  • adj. gradually decreasing until little remains
  • n. the act of gradually lowering the size or amount
  • adj. becoming gradually narrower


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  • FRIDAY'S FORECAST: Heavy rain tapering off, high 66.

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  • Don't worry, you're going to see these Apple titles tapering off soon in favour of the emerging PC and the burgeoning console market.

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  • This tree is described as tapering and cone-like, with upright branches growing close to the trunk, and in its general appearance a little resembling a poplar.

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  • This tapering was the natural growth of the trunk; it was not, I mean, cut tapering with an ax.

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  • After that I start tapering, which is the phase in an athletes 'training programme where the training work they perform is reduced. - Frontpage RSS Feed

  • MAYOR ADRIAN FENTY, WASHINGTON: I think people who are used to the normal storm in Washington, d.c., would probably expect some kind of tapering off by now.

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  • Sometimes, strategic alterations, such as tapering the legs, can do wonders.

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  • Friends of mine have taken more gradual tactics that have also worked well, such as tapering off by allowing the pacifier only at certain times, such as bed and naptime, but not between.

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  • So I think the Israelis seem to be kind of tapering off during the day just for the evacuation purposes, especially in my area, but you know, down south of course they're heavy, there's some heavy firing.

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