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4 definitions found
 for tapering
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Taper \Ta"per\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Tapered; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Tapering.]
     To become gradually smaller toward one end; as, a sugar loaf
     tapers toward one end.
     [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Tapering \Ta"per*ing\, a.
     Becoming gradually smaller toward one end. --
     Ta"per*ing*ly, adv.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  tapering
      adj 1: becoming gradually narrower; "long tapering fingers";
             "trousers with tapered legs" [syn: tapered, tapering,
             narrowing]
      2: gradually decreasing until little remains [syn: dwindling,
         tapering, tapering off]
      n 1: the act of gradually lowering the size or amount; "the
           doctor prescribed the tapering of the dose"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  38 Moby Thesaurus words for "tapering":
     acanthoid, acanthous, acicular, acuate, aculeate, aculeiform,
     acuminate, acute, barbed, coarctation, cone-shaped, constriction,
     contraction, cornuted, cusped, cuspidate, hispid, horned, horny,
     mucronate, narrowing, needle-pointed, needle-sharp, pointed,
     pronged, sharp-pointed, spiculate, spiked, spiky, spined, spinous,
     spiny, stricture, taper, tapered, tined, toothed, unbated
  
  

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