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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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Without the tapers the wake is dominated by up wash and a U-shaped recirculation, but when a 15[degrees] side taper is introduced this becomes a downwash dominated wake.
One-Way Trapezoidal Taper with Parallel High- and Low-Point Sides
The second group (N=6) underwent the same standard taper protocol (50% of normal volume), but without the 4 days of return to normal training volume.
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.
Tapered Chamber Design Goals Chamber Configuration: tapered chamber Construction Dimensions: 20-ft X 20-ft X 20-ft cube with 40-ft long taper Intended Use: antenna measurements Shielding Series 81 Anechoic Receive End Wall: EHP-36PCL pyramidal, flame-retardant absorber Materials Taper Wall: EHP-18WGCL wedge, flame-retardant absorber tapering down to 5" LFB Ceiling, Floor and Side Walls: combination of EHP-18PCL absorber, around the QZ Walkways: WW-12PCL rigid walkway Anechoic Source Quiet Zone Guaranteed Performance Frequency Antenna Reflectivity Reflection Directivity Level Level 0.
However, this does not imply a wholesale replacement of machines equipped with steep-angle taper by those using HSK.
However this improvement has been a little overplayed since most established shareholders will already have reached their maximum 75 per cent taper entitlement.
Very strong core oscillations have been observed during taper fabrication with extinction ratios in excess of 30 dB.
The spectral response[24] of a wavelength dependent coupler can be expressed in terms of the transmitted power T([lambda]) through the taper,
M2 EQUITYBITES-January 30, 2015-Adamis Pharmaceuticals receives notice of allowance for US and Japanese patents for Taper DPI
The 4-week taper was associated with fourfold greater odds of favorable treatment response, compared with the 1-week taper (odds ratio 4.
The first leg starts at the beginning of the year until the first hint at taper; the second leg begins from the day of the first indication of taper until the September FOMC meeting when most economists had expected the Fed to announce the taper; the third leg begins from the date in September when the Fed surprised the markets by further delaying the taper and lasts until now; and the fourth leg showcases the year-to-date change in the benchmark indices.
Biopharmaceutical company Adamis Pharmaceuticals Corporation (OTCQB:ADMP) revealed on Tuesday the execution of an agreement to exclusively license and, with additional payment, fully acquire 3M Company's (NYSE:MMM) Taper Dry Powder Inhaler (DPI) technology for an undisclosed value.
This sheet preformer consists of two sections, including a twin taper screw feeder and a roller die unit.