from The Century Dictionary.

  • Left a ground by the spring tides, so that it cannot be floated until the next spring tide: said of a ship or boat. Also beneaped.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective (Naut.) Left aground on the height of a spring tide, so that it will not float till the next spring tide; -- called also beneaped.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb Simple past tense and past participle of neap.
  • adjective nautical Left aground on the height of a spring tide, preventing floating till the next spring tide.


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  • The crew had signed for a voyage to Malmo; and the owner hurried the ship away because he feared she might be "neaped" in the little river, as the tides were taking off.

    The Romance of the Coast

  • But she bided her time, and, when he went to bathe, she slipped into the cave and swept it and neaped it and tidied up all the utensils used by him for worship.

    Deccan Nursery Tales

  • The boy and girl were too frightened to walk into Soma's house, so they hid all that day, and next morning they got up at dawn and they swept the courtyard and neaped the floor with cow-dung.

    Deccan Nursery Tales

  • A tide that neaped the frail bark of happiness high and dry upon the shores of black despair.

    The Shame of Motley: being the memoir of certain transactions in the life of Lazzaro Biancomonte, of Biancomonte, sometime fool of the court of Pesaro

  • The tides in Thirsty Sound were neaped at this time, and the rise, judging by the lead line, was from ten to twelve feet; but captain Cook says, "at spring tides the water does not rise less than sixteen or eighteen feet," which I have no doubt is correct.

    A Voyage to Terra Australis — Volume 2

  • Depending on your draft you may be neaped during this period.

    YBW News

  • 3I have heard this four-hundred-year-old story of wrongs and vengeances and violence neaped on injustices, and I must confess I have many questions.



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  • "Neaped, or benaped, the situation of a ship which is left aground on the height of a spring tide, so that she cannot be floated off till the return of the next spring."

    Falconer's New Universal Dictionary of the Marine (1816), 318

    Another usage on neap.

    October 13, 2008

  • Beware the Grim Neaper.

    October 14, 2008