Taper is a slightly difficult word, but we're here to help you better understand it...with EXAMPLES!
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Below you will find the definition of taper, followed by 37 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(verb) - diminish gradually
EXAMPLES - Taper in a Sentence
- This is the kind of taper specified in the scroll. (source)
- Next week you will "taper" so as to be fresh on race day (source)
- Almuric grabbed a still burning taper and lit the lanterns. (source)
- Namely: Start off strong, then just kind of taper off in quality. (source)
- Springing to his feet, he lighted a small 'taper' match and examined the ceiling. (source)
- Suddenly one of the attendants dropped his taper and shouted, "Die enemies of Huthomes!" (source)
- For three days after death hair and fingernails continue to grow but phone calls taper off. (source)
- "For three days after death hair and fingernails continue to grow but phone calls taper off." (source)
- Universities face falling off a funding "cliff" in 2012, when federal stimulus funds taper off. (source)
- Digg For three days after death hair and fingernails continue to grow but phone calls taper off. (source)
- Every competitive runner suffers occasionally from a form of mental illness that we might call taper madness. (source)
- The ideal meal portioning for someone looking to lose weight is to eat a big breakfast and taper down by dinner. (source)
- The deacon lights a taper from the Easter fire, and presents it to the priest, who uses it to light the Paschal candle. (source)
- The scandal continues as the identity of the secret taper is debated and the existence of more secret video is speculated on. (source)
- The Fed pledged to keep the amount of assets it holds unchanged at $2 trillion rather than allow the level to taper off over time. (source)
- If we could not make fine candles, we might dip some wick in the grease, and thus have a kind of taper that would serve almost as well. (source)
- The taper is the final phase of training when an athlete gradually begins to decrease the volume and intensity of workouts to begin recovery. (source)
- The new chuck has been designed with a four-degree collet taper, which is different to the existing eight-degree tapers in current ER collets. (source)
- Winds that continue through the night are still pretty strong early, with gusts past 30 mph, though they should taper off as the day progresses. (source)
- But the difference this year is that the momentum actually stayed throughout the day, whereas before we saw it kind of taper off earlier last year. (source)
- The bottom of the sun, etc. It should be borne in mind, the class had just read that this 'taper' was discovered after 'day had vanished from sight.'" (source)
- [Page 265] sacred banks of the Cam, and being Christmas-day, had the advantage of hearing the fine service in King's College Chapel by 'taper's light.' (source)
- It was known in classical times and dennoted any kind of taper in which a wick, not uncommonly made of a strip of papyrus, was encased in wax or animal fat. (source)
- I have changed the article slightly to taper it to a more general college audience, though many of the same themes apply to people outside of the college setting as well. (source)
- Expect an outburst of public anger if the government backtracks to allow huge loopholes: Vince Cable last week on Radio 4 adamantly ruled out as unworkable any kind of "taper" arrangement. (source)
- Upon this was suspended, as upon a spit, so many slices of shark-meat as could be accommodated with room, and when all was arranged, a "taper" was handed up from below, and the wick set on fire. (source)
- Formed in 1965 in the San Francisco Bay Area, the group have actively encouraged recordings of their lengthy and legendary live outings, setting up a "taper" area located behind the soundboard at gigs. (source)
- I also had more than 20,000 red roses brought in from Colombia, many of which I had arranged on the tables in double-tiered crystal candelabras with white taper candles, creating spectacular centerpieces. (source)
- Losely would not have gone out of the house; nor was he, nor any one about the premises, ever known to make use of that kind of taper, which would rather appertain to the fashionable fopperies of a London dandy. (source)
- Also, to the benefit of private-equity firms, a so-called taper-relief program designed to promote entrepreneurship reduces capital-gains tax to as little as 10% for private companies that are held for more than two years. (source)
- A lighted taper is put into the hand of each lady, and a procession was formed, two by two, which marched all through the house, the corridors and walls of which were all decorated with evergreens and lamps, the whole party singing the Litanies. (source)
- "[The Core committee] has been very lenient in the last couple of years anyway because of the effort that's been made to ensure that the Core doesn't kind of taper down to nothing," Kelly said in a phone interview from Italy, where he now is on leave. (source)
- But one thing we can say is that he has been on a spree, which would be consistent with several of the serial killers we've seen, where they get up and they are psychotic, and they're going and going and going and going, and then they kind of taper off. (source)
- Mass was performing in several of the splendid chapels, whose rich decorations of paintings and sculpture are but once a year revealed to the light, save from the obscure glimmering of the wax-taper, which is carried by the guide, to occasional visitors. (source)
- U.der current tax regulations, U. K.-based private-equity firms can pay as little as 10% on carried interest due to a provision, known as taper relief, that allows the effective rate of capital-gains tax to fall on investments held for more than two years. (source)
- If things taper off or even track back a little bit once that restocking is done, and end demand doesn't pick up, how do you feel breakeven would you or how much lower would you be able to take that, or would you take your planning, if things kind of taper back? (source)
- But speculation is now mounting that the chancellor, George Osborne, may introduce transitional measures to soften the blow, such as taper relief, or possibly classifying buy-to-let properties as a business investment, allowing them to be taxed at a lower CGT rate. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 37 example sentences provided below is 60.0, which suggests that "taper" is a standard word that is understood by individuals with a high school diploma or degree, and can be found in news articles, books, magazines and other places.
We have 21 synonyms for taper.
abate, bate, close, die away, die out, diminish, drain, dwindle, fade, lessen, narrow, recede, reduce, rescind, subside, taper off, thin, thin out, wane, weaken, wind down
We have 9 antonyms for taper.
enlarge, expand, extend, go up, grow, increase, raise, rise, strengthen
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of taper from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (noun) A small or very slender candle.
- (noun) A long wax-coated wick used to light candles or gas lamps.
- (noun) A source of feeble light.
- (noun) A gradual decrease in thickness or width of an elongated object.
- (noun) A gradual decrease, as in action or force.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (noun) A slender wax candle; a small lighted wax candle; hence, a small light.
- (noun) A tapering form; gradual diminution of thickness and/or cross section in an elongated object
- (verb) To make thinner or narrower at one end.
- (verb) To diminish gradually.
- (noun) One who operates a tape machine.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (noun) A small wax candle; a small lighted wax candle; hence, a small light.
- (noun) A tapering form; gradual diminution of thickness in an elongated object.
- (adjective) Regularly narrowed toward the point; becoming small toward one end; conical; pyramidical.
- (verb-intransitive) To become gradually smaller toward one end.
- (verb-transitive) To make or cause to taper.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (noun) A gradual decrease of power or capacity.
- (noun) A candle, especially a very slender candle; any device for giving light by the agency of a wick coated with combustible matter.
- (None) Long and becoming slenderer toward the point; becoming small toward one end.
- (None) Diminished; reduced.
- (None) To become taper; become gradually slenderer; grow less in diameter; diminish in one direction.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (verb) diminish gradually
- (noun) a convex shape that narrows toward a point
- (noun) stick of wax with a wick in the middle
- (noun) a loosely woven cord (in a candle or oil lamp) that draws fuel by capillary action up into the flame
- (noun) the property possessed by a shape that narrows toward a point (as a wedge or cone)