Definition of neap in English:


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Pronunciation: /niːp


(also neap tide) A tide just after the first or third quarters of the moon when there is least difference between high and low water: neaps occur at 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.
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  • Pollack feed longer during smaller neap tides than they do through a big spring tide.
  • The water is evened out all over the earth's oceans, producing neap tides.
  • You need to pick the very smallest neap tides to fish these wrecks.


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(Of a boat) be kept aground or in harbour by a neap tide: a change of wind could leave you neaped
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  • She had arrived fully laden one Friday and because of her deep draft was neaped until Monday morning.
  • Ibis was neaped on the old slipway at Morwellham Quay, and covered over.
  • This voyage made more history than money as on the way down the vessel was neaped, waiting for water near Guyhurn Bridge for almost 2 weeks.


late Middle English, originally an adjective from Old English nēp, first element of nēpflōd 'neap flood', of unknown origin.

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