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taper off (doing something)

gradually to stop doing something; to do less and less of something until there is no more to do. Bob tried to taper off smoking again. I can't taper off overeating. I have to stop all at once by going on a strict diet.
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taper off

to gradually lessen tail off The price of gasoline should taper off in the fall. The rain will taper off by morning and the afternoon should be sunny.
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taper off

1. Become thinner or narrower at one end, as in The road began to taper off until it was just a narrow path. [c. 1600]
2. Diminish or lessen gradually, end by degrees, as in The storm finally tapered off. [Mid-1800s]
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taper off

v.
1. To narrow, diminish, or lessen gradually: The rod tapers off to a point at one end. The rain finally tapered off, and we went back outside.
2. To cause something to narrow, diminish, or lessen gradually: I tapered off the end of a stick and drove it into the ground. The doctor tapered the medication off as the patient recovered.
3. To gradually reduce someone's medication: After my symptoms disappeared, the doctor tapered me off the medication.
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z = ratio of panel width at top and bottom of taper, B/C
The preparation taper of the axial walls for complete cast crowns is important both for the stress values and distribution in the prepared teeth.
While the 22/15 mm taper connectors were retained, the International Standard used a simplified system that did not use the sequential system of tapers and added a coaxial 15 mm socket taper to the 22 mm conical taper of the machine outlets and breathing-system connectors which connected to equipment such as catheter mounts or 15 mm endotracheal connectors.
However this improvement has been a little overplayed since most established shareholders will already have reached their maximum 75 per cent taper entitlement.
Mark Taper began his business career in England in retail and real estate.
One study limitation cited by the authors was the absence of a comparison group receiving buprenorphine maintenance therapy, which would have enabled a comparison between taper and continued administration.
The recent pullback in equities clearly indicated that investors bought back into fundamentally strong companies whose stock fell due to the fear of taper.
The twin taper screws bite and feed the rubber compound into a horizontal roller die for automatic and continuous sheeting, while large volume cooling jackets in the feeder and roller die section impart effective cooling to the rubber compound, according to the literature.
This she does via ``Nightingale,'' an 85-minute solo piece in its American premiere at the Mark Taper Forum, directed by Joseph Hardy.
Mark Taper Foundation to its Campaign for the Advancement of Reproductive Health.
Tekusa HSK-63 external taper cleaners complement Tekusa's line of internal spindle cleaners to assure the cleanliness of the tool taper and spindle interface, an often-overlooked requirement for precision and repeatability in machining.
The taper strategy depends on the modulus of elasticity of the web.
A solid rectangular core with a small taper was used for the rocker arm casting in the preliminary casting trials.
Have confidence in the months of training you have invested and relax knowing that the proper taper will leave you fresh and ready to run your best effort.