Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A tide that occurs when the difference between high and low tide is least; the lowest level of high tide. Neap tide comes twice a month, in the first and third quarters of the moon.

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  • n. The tide which occurs just after the first and third quarters of the moon, when there is least difference between high tide and low tide.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a less than average tide occurring at the first and third quarters of the moon

Etymologies

Middle English neep, from Old English nēp(flōd), neap (tide).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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