December 02, 2016
Learner's Word of the Day
taper /ˈteɪpɚ/ verb
taper
/ˈteɪpɚ/
verb

tapers; tapered; tapering

The fence posts taper to points at the top.
The fence posts taper to points at the top.
Learner's definition of TAPER

[no object]

: to become gradually smaller toward one end

  • leaves that taper to a point

  • Her slacks taper [=become narrower] at the ankle.

taper off [phrasal verb]

: to become gradually less and less : to decrease slowly

  • Production has been tapering off.

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