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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.
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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[ˈteɪpərɪŋ] adj (fingers) → affusolato/a


(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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