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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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5x level, increasing to over 4x after 2012 as the general obligation bond debt service substantially tapers off.
Indeed, each day an average of 126,000 vehicles drive the freeway near the Golden State Freeway in Newhall, a figure that tapers off to a still-daunting 59,000 cars and trucks by the time the stream makes it to Avenue S in Palmdale.
It's a wonderful performance and reason enough to see this movie, which starts out strong and then tapers off, but still has enough laughs to leave you satisfied.