- designating tides midway between spring tides that attain the least height.
- neap tide.
Origin of neap1
- the pole or tongue of a cart, wagon, etc., drawn by two animals side by side.
Origin of neap2
Examples from the Web for neap
So we have spring tides regularly once a fortnight, with neap tides in between.
The spring tides occur at the syzygies: the neap tides at the quadratures.Letters on Astronomy
A ship grounding in a very low tide (neap) is still said to be neaped.The Bruce
Height of neap and spring tides, at full and change of the moon.The Voyage Of Governor Phillip To Botany Bay
The spring tide is lunar plus solar; the neap tide is lunar minus solar.
- of, relating to, or constituting a neap tide
- short for neap tide
Word Origin and History for neap
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.