- either of the two tides that occur at the first or last quarter of the moon when the tide-generating forces of the sun and moon oppose each other and produce the smallest rise and fall in tidal levelCompare spring tide (def. 1)
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Examples from the Web for neap tide
But they might as well have bidden the Neap-tide turn before its Hour.The Household of Sir Thomas More
It was neap-tide, too, and therefore nothing could be done among the rocks.Glaucus
The black usually grows above the low-water mark of the neap-tide, whilst all the red grows below it.The South Isles of Aran
Oliver J. Burke
But they might as well have bidden the neap-tide turn before its hour.
I lately read, in a thrilling narrative of escape from drowning, 'It was neap-tide, and the sea was very far out.'Gairloch In North-West Ross-Shire
John H. Dixon, F.S.A. Scot
- A tide in which the difference between high and low tide is the least. Neap tides occur twice a month when the Sun and Moon are at right angles to the Earth. When this is the case, their total gravitational pull on the Earth's water is weakened because it comes from two different directions. Compare spring tide. See more at tide.
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