neap tide

neap tide
noun Date: circa 1548 a tide of minimum range occurring at the first and the third quarters of the moon

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • 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 tide — [ˈni:p taıd] n a very small rise and fall of the level of the sea at the times of the first and third quarters of the moon →↑spring tide …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • neap tide — [ nip ,taıd ] noun count a TIDE that has the least amount of change between the highest and lowest levels of the ocean …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern 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 — 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 tide — a tide of decreased range occurring semi monthly, between the time of new and full moon. The sun and moon are at right angles to each other so their net gravitational effect on the sea is reduced. The neap tidal range is usually 10 to 30 percent… …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • neap tide — /ˈnip taɪd/ (say neep tuyd) noun a tide which is neap …   Australian English dictionary

  • neap tide — The tide which occurs when the difference between high tide and low tide is the smallest; the tide which occurs at moon s quadrature with the sun. Teschemacher v Thompson, 18 Cal 11, 21 …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • neap tide — ▪ physics       tide of minimal range occurring near the time when the Moon and the Sun are in quadrature. This condition is geometrically defined as the time at which the line from the Earth to the Moon is at right angles to the line from the… …   Universalium

  • neap tide — noun The tide which occurs when the Moon is in its first and third quarter; the effects of the Sun and Moon being partially cancelled out this type of tide is of minimum range. Ant: spring tide …   Wiktionary

  • neap tide —   a low tidal range caused when the angle of a line drawn from the sun to the earth and then to the moon is 90 In this twice monthly situation the gravitational pulls of sun and moon are in opposition thus the high tide is not so high and the… …   Geography glossary

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