What does neap mean?

neap meaning in General Dictionary

a less than average wave occurring during the first and 3rd quarters for the moon

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  • The tongue or pole of a cart or any other vehicle attracted by two creatures
  • minimal
  • A neap tide
  • The tongue or pole of a cart or any other vehicle drawn by two creatures.
  • Low.
  • A neap tide.

neap meaning in Etymology Dictionary

Middle English, from Old English nepflod "neap flood," the wave occurring after the very first and 3rd quarters for the lunar thirty days, where high waters are in their particular most affordable, of unknown origin, without any known cognates (Danish niptid most likely is from English). Original sense possibly is "without power." As a noun from 1580s.


neap meaning in General Dictionary

(n.) The tongue or pole of a cart or any other car attracted by two animals.

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  • (a.) Low.
  • (n.) A neap wave.

Sentence Examples with the word neap

In the other letters written in 1685 and 1686 he applies to Flamsteed for information respecting the orbits of the satellites of Jupiter and Saturn, respecting the rise and fall of the spring and neap tides at the solstices and the equinoxes, respecting the flattening of Jupiter at the poles (which, if certain, he says, would conduce much to the stating the reasons of the precession of the equinoxes), and respecting the difference between the observed places of Saturn and those computed from Kepler's tables about the time of his conjunction with Jupiter.

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