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1. A small or very slender candle.
2. A long wax-coated wick used to light candles or gas lamps.
3. A source of feeble light.
a. A gradual decrease in thickness or width of an elongated object.
b. A gradual decrease, as in action or force.
5. Sports A period before a competition or race in which the intensity and frequency of exercise and training is decreased.
v. ta·pered, ta·per·ing, ta·pers
v. intr.
1. To become gradually narrower or thinner toward one end.
2. To diminish or lessen gradually. Often used with off: The storm finally tapered off.
3. Sports To decrease one's exercise levels before a competition or race: tapered for a week before the marathon.
v. tr.
1. To make thinner or narrower at one end.
2. To make smaller gradually.
Gradually decreasing in size toward a point.

[Middle English, from Old English tapor, possibly ultimately from Latin papyrus, papyrus (sometimes used for candlewicks); see paper.]

ta′per·ing·ly adv.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tapering - the act of gradually lowering the size or amount; "the doctor prescribed the tapering of the dose"
lowering - the act of causing to become less
Adj.1.tapering - becoming gradually narrower; "long tapering fingers"; "trousers with tapered legs"
narrow - not wide; "a narrow bridge"; "a narrow line across the page"
2.tapering - gradually decreasing until little remains
decreasing - becoming less or smaller
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(ˈteipə) noun
a long, thin type of candle.
(sometimes with off) to make or become narrower or slimmer at one end. The leaves taper (off) to a point.
ˈtapered, ˈtapering adjective
becoming narrower or slimmer at one end. tapering fingers.
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References in classic literature ?
A quoin is a solid which differs from a wedge in having its sharp end formed by the steep inclination of one side, instead of the mutual tapering of both sides.
And in August, high in air, the beautiful and bountiful horse-chestnuts, candelabra-wise, proffer the passer-by their tapering upright cones of congregated blossoms.
There is no gold-standard algorithm for tapering benzodiazepines.
In this study, significant opioid tapering was achieved following frank discussions and the use of a tapering protocol.
Typical passive methods include side tapering [2, 3, 4], roof tapering [3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8] and passive base ventilation [4].
The design concerns related to tapering were the taper ratio, point of taper beginning, and blade root chord.
Indications for opioid tapering as described in a guide provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention include lack of a sustained or clinically meaningful improvement in pain and functioning as defined, for example, by at least a 30% improvement on the three-item PEG scale; use of opioids at a daily dosage of 50 morphine equivalent doses or more without evidence of benefit; signs of a substance use disorder other than tobacco dependence; warning signs of harms, such as drowsiness, slurred speech, or difficulty controlling use of the medication; patient request; and any situation where the physician deems that the benefits no longer outweigh the risks.
"If you type in a patient's opioid medication and dose, it will give you a week-to-week calendar schedule for tapering," she explained.
In competitive swimming, the effectiveness of tapering has been demonstrated by the improvement in lipid peroxidation parameters (TBARS and Peroxides Total) (8), the decrease in parameters of muscle damage such as serum enzyme activity, creatine kinase (CK) (5,15), the increase in power of the upper limbs (31), and the improved performance on specific tests (2-4,8).
To reduce the SLL of the CCAA system, different tapering windows such as Triangular, Hamming, Hanning, Blackman, and Binomial windows are modified and used in [6].
General practice and family medicine physicians are the most frequent prescribers of buprenorphine, and they routinely must decide between pharmacologically assisted withdrawal (tapering) and ongoing maintenance treatment, even though the data to guide these decisions are quite limited.
In The Transmission of Federal Reserve Tapering News to Emerging Financial Markets (NBER Working Paper No.