taper off

tapered off; tapering off; tapers off

Definition of taper off

: taper housing starts tapered off in the fall

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Examples of taper off in a Sentence

at this time of the year, light begins to taper off a little earlier each day
Recent Examples on the Web Although the snow is expected to taper off on Monday, temperatures are forecast to keep falling. BostonGlobe.com, "It’s like January in November as much of the eastern US braces for record lows - The Boston Globe," 10 Nov. 2019 Although the snow is expected to taper off by Monday night, temperatures are forecast to keep falling. CBS News, "Cold air from Siberia bringing record frigid temperatures to much of U.S.," 9 Nov. 2019 So far on Wednesday there have been 100 delays and 21 cancellations, Renteria said shortly after 7 a.m. Light snow has been falling this morning but is expected to taper off after 10 a.m. The temperature at about 7 a.m. was 4 degrees. Tom Mcghee, The Denver Post, "800 passengers stranded overnight at Denver airport; delays continue Wednesday," 30 Oct. 2019 Ongoing showers and thunderstorms around Houston are expected to taper off as the day progresses, allowing for slightly cooler temperatures and a high of 86 degrees. Julian Gill, Houston Chronicle, "Rain expected to bring cooler weather to Houston before heat picks back up," 17 June 2019 Grand Bahama’s east end tapers off in a series of cays — August, McLeans, Big Harbour, Sweetings and several others. Dan Sweeney, sun-sentinel.com, "As a Bahamas school prepares to reopen, a teacher is still on search and rescue," 10 Sep. 2019 Sleeping Ute Mountain Cortez Fifteen miles southwest of Cortez lies an elongated mountain that resembles a reclining Indian warrior with his headdress to the north, arms folded across his chest and toes tapering off to the south. Tom Noel, The Know, "16 strange, spooky and (mostly) true Colorado stories to tell around a campfire," 24 Aug. 2019 Winds should taper off this evening, dissipating after midnight, said meteorologist Bob Clay of the National Weather Service’s Anchorage office. Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News, "High winds bring down tree limbs, cause power outages in Anchorage," 19 Aug. 2019 Many had expected violence to taper off in Guerrero as synthetic opioids like fentanyl knocked the bottom out of the opium market that had fed organized crime groups in the state. Washington Post, "Toxic mix of gangs, vigilantes fuels rising Mexican violence," 22 June 2019

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First Known Use of taper off

1848, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of taper off was in 1848

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21 Nov 2019

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“Taper off.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tapers%20off. Accessed 21 November 2019.

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