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neap1

[neep] /nip/
adjective
1.
designating tides midway between spring tides that attain the least height.
noun
2.
neap tide.
Origin of neap1
900
before 900; Middle English neep, Old English nēp-, in nēpflōd neap tide

neap2

[neep] /nip/
noun, New England
1.
the pole or tongue of a cart, wagon, etc., drawn by two animals side by side.
Origin
1545-55 origin uncertain
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  • A ship grounding in a very low tide (neap) is still said to be neaped.

    The Bruce John Barbour
  • So we have spring tides regularly once a fortnight, with neap tides in between.

    Pioneers of Science Oliver Lodge
  • When the two conspire, they cause a spring tide; when the solar and lunar tides are opposed, we have the neap tide.

    The Story of the Heavens Robert Stawell Ball
  • Height of neap and spring tides, at full and change of the moon.

  • Hence the difference between high and low water is only half as great at neap as at spring tide.

    Letters on Astronomy Denison Olmsted
  • The spring tide is lunar plus solar; the neap tide is lunar minus solar.

    Pioneers of Science Oliver Lodge
  • The water rises fifty feet with the spring tides, and twenty-five with neap tides.

    The Man Who Laughs Victor Hugo
  • When the two agree, we get a spring tide of four feet; when they oppose each other, we get a neap tide of only two feet.

    Pioneers of Science Oliver Lodge
  • One of the vessels out of which ale was drunk was the Saxon nap, now the neap, or nip, out of which we drink Burton ale.

  • During the neap tides, the ship lay wholly aground, the sea not approaching nearer than within a hundred yards of her.

British Dictionary definitions for neap

neap

/niːp/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or constituting a neap tide
noun
2.
short for neap tide
Word Origin
Old English, as in nēpflōd neap tide, of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for neap
adj.

Middle English, from Old English nepflod "neap flood," the tide occurring at the end of the first and third quarters of the lunar month, in which high waters are at their lowest, of unknown origin, with no known cognates (Danish niptid probably is from English). Original sense perhaps is "without power." As a noun from 1580s.

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