designating tides midway between spring tides that attain the least height.
Other definitions for neap (2 of 2)
the pole or tongue of a cart, wagon, etc., drawn by two animals side by side.
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How to use neap in a sentence
But when there has been a neap-tide in his temper for any time, you're sure to find it followed by a flood with a vengeance.The Pilot | J. Fenimore Cooper
It was a time of neap or spring tide, besides which the wind was in the right direction to make the water rise very high.Shadow, the Mysterious Detective | Police Captain Howard
One of the vessels out of which ale was drunk was the Saxon nap, now the neap, or nip, out of which we drink Burton ale.Nooks and Corners of English Life, Past and Present | John Timbs
The spring tides fill it, but during the neap tides the salt water is kept stagnant behind the sea-banks, making a small lagoon.A History of Epidemics in Britain (Volume I of II) | Charles Creighton
About twelve feet was the greatest rise, which I apprehend would be diminished to eight, at the neap tides.A Voyage to Terra Australis Volume 2 | Matthew Flinders
British Dictionary definitions for neap
of, relating to, or constituting a neap tide
short for neap tide
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