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neap tide

  1. 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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Historical Examples of neap tide

  • But they might as well have bidden the Neap-tide turn before its Hour.

    The Household of Sir Thomas More

    Anne Manning

  • It was neap-tide, too, and therefore nothing could be done among the rocks.


    Charles Kingsley

  • The black usually grows above the low-water mark of the neap-tide, whilst all the red grows below it.

  • 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

neap tide in Science

neap tide

  1. 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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