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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
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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British Dictionary definitions for neaps

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 neaps

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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