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taper off

1. To become thinner or narrower, especially at a gradual degree. The giant wall went on for miles, eventually tapering off into a small strip of stones deep in the countryside. By tapering off to such a fine point, the needle is able to puncture the skin without causing much pain.
2. To cause something to become thinner or narrower, as by grinding or whittling its surface. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "taper" and "off." We'll have to taper off one end of the replacement rod to get it to fit into the machinery.
3. To weaken, lessen, or diminish gradually. The storm is expected to taper off later in the afternoon. You're going to feel very groggy at first, but the effects should taper off after a couple of days.
4. To gradually reduce the amount of something one ingests or some activity in which one partakes with the aim of stopping entirely. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "taper" and "off." I was on a lot of medication following the surgery, but I'm finally starting to taper that off. Going cold turkey didn't work for me, so I'm going to try tapering off my smoking instead.
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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

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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The Taper Group, which completed the intervention, exhibited significant morphine reductions between baseline and 6-month follow-up.
When introducing an upper taper to the geometry with no wheels (Figure 9a) only the 4[degrees] case shows any drag reduction; in contrast adding the upper taper to the configuration with wheels (Figure 9d) results in drag reductions for all taper angles, with an optimum at 12[degrees].
In order to better estimate the influence of simultaneous variation in blade root chord length and blade taper on the control effort of the FCS of a helicopter, the closed-loop performances of a classical helicopter, a helicopter with a 1st version blade taper and root chord variation, and a helicopter with a 2nd version blade taper and root chord variation are compared.
Therefore, although we understand the difference found in our study did not represent a statistical improvement, the value is similar to previous studies in which the authors found similar improvements as a result of a taper.
The proposed Gaussian tapered post-wall slotline antenna has been measured using an Agilent vector network analyzer N5230A in anechoic chamber.
Taper of root###Adequate###Consistent taper from the orifice to the apex
Step Taper: Non-progressive standardized reduction of the training load.
"Interestingly, the Fed's September backtracking on the intent to taper has only partially unwound the damage to bond markets and emerging market currencies.
However, market analysts expect the Fed to put off its planned QE taper until March, 2014 given that the ongoing fiscal gridlock in the US has thrown the world's leading economy out of gear.
3SAE's fiber optic Taper Manufacturing Station offers three customizable tapering modes: single direction, bi- directional and table-based.
Psychotropic drugs with longer elimination half-lives (i.e., more than 24 hours) are easier to taper, since their withdrawal reactions tend to be less severe than drugs with shorter elimination half-lives (i.e., less than 24 hours).
And to compound it, we have two crimps: roll and taper. Generally speaking, roll crimp goes on revolver rounds, and taper goes on pistol, but taper is so versatile it can work on both.
Zheng explained that the light beam in a single-mode dielectric taper establishes a field that is evanescent outside the taper core when the tapering angle is small and the energy radiated from the taper interior is concentrated in the close vicinity of the taper core for the whole length of the taper, no matter how long the taper is, whereas the radiation loss is found to be of second order in the tapering angle in [6]; Paying more attention to the description of circular taper, equation 47 in that paper manifests that the local fundamental mode is in accordance with the previous supposition, and that the Bessel function of the first kind of order n and modified Bessel function of the second kind of order n determine the field inside and outside the taper, respectively.
For a one- or two-way taper, there is no difference between these two strategies since the assumed average and true average thicknesses are the same; however, using an assumed average thickness of (H + L)/2 is much easier for all other taper geometries, since information about high- and low-point thicknesses is readily available.