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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR TAPERED

The lips of this gasket are tapered, with the narrow edge up.

But where he tapered from broad shoulders to flat hips, they were straight up and down.

The bow itself is tapered from the middle outwards just like any other bow.

They were thick and leathery and tapered from base to apex like a triangle.

But it was hard to cut a ladle for the long, tapered chamber.

The blade lies in a slot and is held tight by the tapered ferrule.

If the legs are to be tapered or otherwise shaped, that should be done next.

The acceleration lasted for a few seconds, tapered off quickly, and ended.

His hands were long and tapered, and his limbs were exceeding small.

They tapered in size from right to left—the piebald on the left.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English tapur, taper "candle," not found outside English, possibly a dissimilated borrowing from Latin papyrus (see papyrus), which was used in Medieval Latin and some Romance languages for "wick of a candle" (e.g. Italian papijo "wick"), because these often were made from the pith of papyrus. Cf. also German kerze "candle," from Old High German charza, from Latin charta, from Greek khartes "papyrus, roll made from papyrus, wick made from pith of papyrus."

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