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tay per

  • n  a convex shape that narrows toward a point
  • n  the property possessed by a shape that narrows toward a point (as a wedge or cone)
  • n  a loosely woven cord (in a candle or oil lamp) that draws fuel by capillary action up into the flame
  • n  stick of wax with a wick in the middle
  • v  diminish gradually
    Interested tapered off
  • v  give a point to
    The candles are tapered

  • He cleared his throat commandingly, waved a couple of latecomers to their seats, then went through the stage business of lighting a row of electric footlights with a taper, all .
  • That occurs at the very time when a baby's galloping growth rate is beginning to taper.
  • Then she took a taper and lit the flame at the foot of the grave an "eternal light.
News & Articles

  • Taper the Latest Craze on Wall Street
    Taper, taper, taper! It's the newest craze among the Fed-obsessed on Wall Street who hang on to every single word uttered by the Fed's chairman, CNBC reports, tongue-in-cheek.
    June 20, 2013 - Los Angeles Business Journal
  • Taper Timeline: What Do You Think of the Fed’s Plan?
    Taper timeline: what do you think of the Fed's plan to pullback on QE3? Vote below in the Hot Stock Minute daily poll. But first, listen to Yahoo! Finance's Lauren Lyster and Mike Santoli talk about the FOMC's latest policy … Continue reading ?
    June 20, 2013 - Hot Stock Minute via Yahoo! Finance
  • Bernanke Taper Tantrum!
    Taper Tantrum! Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke stated again that if economic conditions continue to improve, the Fed will begin tapering its bond purchases at the end of the year.
    June 19, 2013 - CNBC

  • Azim Premji in InformationWeek
    We are starting to see the first signs of stability in the business as ramp downs start to taper off and volumes start to stabilize,said Wipro chairman Azim Premji, in a statement.
  • Alistair Darling in Reuters.uk
    So from April next year I will withdraw the capital gains tax taper relief, and in its place there will be just one rate of 18 percent -- one of the most competitive single rates of any major economy,Darling said.
  • Richard Lambert in Scotsman
    In a letter to Mr Darling, which was co-signed by the chairman of the CBI's small and medium-sized businesses council and nine company leaders, Mr Lambert said: "By removing taper relief you have deployed an extremely blunt instrument that will...

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