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neap

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Pronunciation: /niːp
 
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Definition of neap in English:

noun

(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.
More example sentences
  • 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.

verb

(be neaped) Back to top  
(Of a boat) be kept aground or in harbour by a neap tide: a change of wind could leave you neaped
More example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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

Words that rhyme with neap

asleep, beep, bleep, cheap, cheep, creep, deep, heap, Jeep, keep, leap, neep, peep, reap, seep, sheep, skin-deep, sleep, steep, Streep, sweep, veep, weep

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