taper off

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v taper off become smaller or less active "Business tapered off"
    • v taper off end weakly "The music just petered out--there was no proper ending"
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Quotations

  • Johnny Carson
    Johnny Carson
    “For days after death hair and fingernails continue to grow, but phone calls taper off.”

Usage

In literature:

The end of the pipe is tapered still more by rasping off the end.
"Elements of Plumbing" by Samuel Dibble
Soon the land adjacent to the river merges into foothills and these in turn taper off into mountains.
"An African Adventure" by Isaac F. Marcosson
The tapering cone which causes the snow to slide off the tree.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study" by Ontario Ministry of Education
Tapering off is not what it is cracked up to be.
"Select Temperance Tracts" by American Tract Society
The ship was ninety-five feet in length, and its diameter twenty feet in the broadest part, tapering off to a point at either end.
"To Mars via The Moon" by Mark Wicks
She tapered off suddenly, and grew plaintive.
"Ainslee's, Vol. 15, No. 6, July 1905" by Various
There is no gentle tapering off of one into the other.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume IV (of 8)"
I had an idea of tapering off, and perhaps, if I had found a job, I might have done so.
"The Lieutenant-Governor" by Guy Wetmore Carryl
It must just be large enough to fit the hollow of the tube, and taper off to nothing downwards.
"Wanderings in South America" by Charles Waterton
The kites are notably late risers, and their activity increases gradually after sunrise; in late afternoon activity tapers off again.
"Observations on the Mississippi Kite in Southwestern Kansas" by Henry S. Fitch
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In poetry:

With harps the gallery glittered bright,-- The pealing rafters rung;
Far off upon the woods of night,
From the tall window's arch, the light
Of tapers clear was flung.
"The Harp Of Hoel" by William Lisle Bowles
And now, as my load was uncommonly large,
Let me taper it off with a classical charge;
When that has gone off, I shall drop my old gun--
And then stand at ease, for my service is done.
"Once More" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

Why it's important to taper off antidepressants gradually.
Ironwoman not planning to ' taper ' off.
There is little rain on the southern half of the storm, so rain should be tapering off quickly from south to north across the Capital Region.
Payments for the Campbell Station Road Extension Project will taper off in the next five years, according to the town of Farragut's Capital Improvement Plan: Fiscal Years 2004-2009.
Snow expected to taper off by midday Tuesday.
Rain to taper off , wind will resume.
Large Black Friday crowds at The Summit taper off in early morning hours.
This Morning Showers taper off.
Bay Area home sales rose in October while price gains tapered off.
Rain with some storms will be seen across our area through the morning and taper off through the day.
Morning fog with showers tapering off.
Continuing the crisis-tapering-off trend for consumers, Nassau and Suffolk counties have said odd-even gas rationing would end by midnight Friday.
Showers are expected to continue throughout the day Thursday before tapering off during the evning.
Visitors tapered off at 543,000 in December, a pattern common among sites selling similar merchandise, such as Macy's and Nordstrom.
Horse hay sales at Master Made Feeds, Inc, in Grapevine, TX, have tapered off slightly this year.
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In science:

Metallicity apparently has a minor effect on predicted NLTE corrections, with the peak correction occurring near [Fe/H] = −1.0 and then tapering off slightly by no more than 0.10 dex at [Fe/H] = −3.0.
Carbon Abundances of Three Carbon-Enhanced Metal-Poor Stars from High-Resolution Gemini-S/bHROS Spectra of the 8727A [C I] Line
Notice that FDR tapers off at levels (m0/m)γ .
Distributed Detection in Sensor Networks with Limited Range Multi-Modal Sensors
On the left panel we show Ff ull (we use no frequency cut off other that introduced by the taper), and, on the right panel, we plot Fcut with template cut at fmax = fcut = 0.26 mHz.
The search for spinning black hole binaries in mock LISA data using a genetic algorithm
An appropriate change of the set Ω would cover the case of W odd. 4 It can be easily shown that the frequency response of this filter tapers off at high frequencies.
A Constrained Random Demodulator for Sub-Nyquist Sampling
For example, instead of tapering off, the neutrino luminosity could show a second burst [89,90] or could suddenly terminate by a secondary collapse to a black hole .
Physics with Supernovae
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