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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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Bernanke said at the House of Representatives Financial Services Committee that reducing the bank's massive asset purchases is "by no means on a preset course" as they are dependent on economic developments but reiterated the stance that tapering off could begin later this year.
The studios that were in existence before yoga became so popular have seen a recent tapering off in their numbers.
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The hungry demand from China seems to be tapering off, as well.
From changing doses to tapering off completely, chapters provide a logical program, not just a caution, making it a practical guide for any interested in getting away from antidepressant use.
Those double-digit annual increases show no signs of tapering off any time soon.
Haunting guitars dominated this dreamy melodic tune while Will's vocal ached with restrained angst, tapering off into a sublime falsetto.