neaps

neap

1 [neep]
adjective
1.
designating tides midway between spring tides that attain the least height.
noun
2.
neap tide.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English neep, Old English nēp-, in nēpflōd neap tide

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neap

2 [neep]
noun New England.
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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neap (niːp)
 
adj
1.  of, relating to, or constituting a neap tide
 
n
2.  short for neap tide
 
[Old English, as in nēpflōd neap tide, of uncertain origin]

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neap
O.E. 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 (Dan. niptid probably is from English). Original sense seems to be "without power."
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