Neap tides
Neap Neap (n[=e]p), a. [As. n[=e]pfl[=o]d neap flood; cf. hnipian to bend, incline.] Low. [1913 Webster]

{Neap tides}, the lowest tides of the lunar month, which occur in the second and fourth quarters of the moon; -- opposed to {spring tides}. [1913 Webster]


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  • Neap — (n[=e]p), a. [As. n[=e]pfl[=o]d neap flood; cf. hnipian to bend, incline.] Low. [1913 Webster] {Neap tides}, the lowest tides of the lunar month, which occur in the second and fourth quarters of the moon; opposed to {spring tides}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • neap tide — noun a less than average tide occurring at the first and third quarters of the moon • Syn: ↑neap • Ant: ↑springtide • Hypernyms: ↑high tide, ↑high water, ↑highwater * * * noun …   Useful english dictionary

  • neap tide — /niyp tayd/ When the moon is in its first and third quarters, the tides do not rise as high, nor fall as low, as on the average; at such times the tides are known as neap tides. Borax Consolidated v. City of Los Angeles, Cal., 296 U.S. 10, 56… …   Black's law dictionary

  • neap tide — /niyp tayd/ When the moon is in its first and third quarters, the tides do not rise as high, nor fall as low, as on the average; at such times the tides are known as neap tides. Borax Consolidated v. City of Los Angeles, Cal., 296 U.S. 10, 56… …   Black's law dictionary

  • neap tide — UK [ˈniːp ˌtaɪd] / US [ˈnɪp ˌtaɪd] noun [countable] Word forms neap tide : singular neap tide plural neap tides a tide that has the least amount of change between the highest and lowest levels of the sea …   English dictionary

  • neap — 1. noun /niːp/ The tongue or pole of a cart or other vehicle drawn by two animals. 2. adjective /niːp/ Designating a tide which occurs just after the first and third quarters of the moon, when there is least difference between high tide and low… …   Wiktionary

  • neap — neap1 [nēp] adj. [ME neep < OE nep in nepflod, neap tide] designating a type of tide that occurs after the first and third quarters of the lunar month: at these times the high tides are lower and the low tides are higher than the corresponding …   English World dictionary

  • neap tide — Tide Tide, n. [AS. t[=i]d time; akin to OS. & OFries. t[=i]d, D. tijd, G. zeit, OHG. z[=i]t, Icel. t[=i]?, Sw. & Dan. tid, and probably to Skr. aditi unlimited, endless, where a is a negative prefix. [root]58. Cf. {Tidings}, {Tidy}, {Till}, prep …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • neap — neap1 /neep/, adj. 1. designating tides midway between spring tides that attain the least height. n. 2. neap tide. See diag. under tide1. [bef. 900; ME neep, OE nep , in nepflod neap tide] neap2 /neep/, n. New Eng. the pole or tongue of a cart …   Universalium

  • neap — [[t]nip[/t]] adj. 1) oce designating those tides, midway between spring tides, that attain the least height 2) oce neap tide • Etymology: bef. 900; ME neep, OE nēp , in nēpflōd neap tide …   From formal English to slang

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