neap

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n neap a less than average tide occurring at the first and third quarters of the moon
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Neap A neap tide. "High springs and dead neaps ."
    • a Neap nēp Low.
    • n Neap The tongue or pole of a cart or other vehicle drawn by two animals.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • neap Low; lowest: applied to those tides which, being half-way between spring tides, have the least difference of height between flood and ebb. See tide.
    • n neap A neap tide.
    • n neap The ebb or lowest point of a tide.
    • n neap [In the following passage from “English Gilds” neep sesons is defined by the editor as “the autumn;” by Skeat as “the neap-tide seasons, when boats cannot come to the quay.”
    • n neap See neep.
    • n neap The tongue or pole of a wagon or ox-cart.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Neap nēp low, applied to the lowest tides
    • n Neap a neap-tide: the lowest point of the tide
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
As. nēp,flōd neap flood; cf. hnipian, to bend, incline

Usage

In literature:

Unfortunately, the day proved very rough; and it was little better than a neap tide.
"Men of Invention and Industry" by Samuel Smiles
On our west coast the neap tides ran as high as sixty feet.
"The Jacket (The Star-Rover)" by Jack London
A tide that neaped the frail bark of happiness high and dry upon the shores of black despair.
"The Shame of Motley" by Raphael Sabatini
The phenomenon was of daily occurrence until about the time of neap tides.
"The Romance of the Colorado River" by Frederick S. Dellenbaugh
The rise at springs is from 9 to 12 feet, and at neaps from 3 to 8 feet.
"Discoveries in Australia, Volume 2" by John Lort Stokes
The water rises fifty feet with the spring tides, and twenty-five with neap tides.
"The Man Who Laughs" by Victor Hugo
The Hormuzeer grounded at low water; from which it appeared that the tide had fallen twelve feet, though then at the neaps.
"A Voyage to Terra Australis" by Matthew Flinders
But in the season of neap tides enough water is left for them to swim about within the semi-circle of stakes.
"A Canadian Manor and Its Seigneurs" by George M. Wrong
When they act in opposition to each other, as at the moon's quarter, there occurs a very low or neap-tide.
"The Ocean and its Wonders" by R.M. Ballantyne
At neap tides the rock shows only a few black teeth with sea-weed gums above the surface.
"Personal Reminiscences in Book Making" by R.M. Ballantyne
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In news:

CA Students Score Near Bottom on NEAP Language Arts Tests.
These tides are known as neap tides .
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