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taper

Engineering (in conical parts) the amount of variation in the diameter per unit of length

taper

[′tā·pər]
(aerospace engineering)
An airfoil feature in which either the thickness or the chord length or both decrease from the root to the tip.
(electricity)
Continuous or gradual change in electrical properties with mechanical position such as rotation or length; for example, continuous change of cross section of a waveguide, or distribution of resistance in a potentiometer.

taper

A gradual diminution of thickness in an elongated object, as in a spire.
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Within the fixed income arena, trading activity tapered off as the year drew to a close, as investor unwillingness to take positions before year-end combined with investor concerns over Y2K issues.
PRICES RISE: Southern California home prices continued to rise during July even as sales tapered off, according to a real estate consulting service.
But once all the kickoff hoopla tapered off, there was little available to meet the training demands due to staff turnover and regulation changes.
Thunderstorms tapered off across Los Angeles County on Wednesday, and meteorologists predicted dry weather throughout the San Fernando Valley and neighboring regions during the next several days.
An initial broad-based rally on Wall Street tapered off later in the day as a key inflation report revealed no surprises and corporate earnings reports continued to impress.
Though sales have tapered off sharply in the past year due to market saturation, Dental Medical's own intraoral camera had by 1997 become the segment's best seller, easing his former company from the top spot.
Traffic problems tapered off quickly after the rains stopped, he said.
Although both have now tapered off, other bug explosions are taking their place.
As fighting tapered off outside the Afghan capital, the Taliban rebels began insisting on observance of their strict version of Islamic law.