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Neap

Neap \Neap\, n. [Cf. Neb, Nape.] The tongue or pole of a cart or other vehicle drawn by two animals. [U.S.]

Neap

Neap \Neap\ (n[=e]p), a. [As. n[=e]pfl[=o]d neap flood; cf. hnipian to bend, incline.] Low.

Neap tides, the lowest tides of the lunar month, which occur in the second and fourth quarters of the moon; -- opposed to spring tides.

Neap

Neap \Neap\, n. A neap tide.

High springs and dead neaps.
--Harkwill.

Wikipedia

Neap

Neap is a small village in the east coast of the Mainland of the Shetland Islands, Scotland. Neap is situated at the end of the road from Brettabister, through Housabister and Kirkabister.

Neap (disambiguation)

Neap may refer to:

  • Neap, a village in Scotland
  • Near Earth Asteroid Prospector, a spacecraft
  • neap tide, where the tide's range is at its minimum
Wiktionary

neap

Etymology 1 n. The tongue or pole of a cart or other vehicle drawn by two animals. Etymology 2

  1. Designating a tide which occurs just after the first and third quarters of the moon, when there is least difference between high tide and low tide. v

  2. To trap a ship (or ship and crew) in water too shallow to move, due to the smaller tidal range occurring in a period of neap tides. Etymology 3

    n. (alternative form of neep English)

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

neap

Middle English, from Old English nepflod "neap flood," the tide occurring at the end of the first and third quarters of the lunar month, in which high waters are at their lowest, of unknown origin, with no known cognates (Danish niptid probably is from English). Original sense perhaps is "without power." As a noun from 1580s.

WordNet

neap

n. a less than average tide occurring at the first and third quarters of the moon [syn: neap tide] [ant: springtide]

Usage examples of "neap".

Based on the Langenscheidt map, there should have been a small village identified as Neap in the valley below them.

He held the commercial map against the side of the APC, indicated Neap, then created B-52 sounds and walked his fingers across Neap.

At this time of the year, however, with the river water shrunk to its lowest level, its main task was to keep out the North Sea except at the very latest of neap tides.

Such ideas were naturally met with skepticism among more rational cultures, but on the morning of the sixth day of the siege, the neap tide carried a peculiar omen up onto the sand: a harvest of translucent eggs the size of beach balls.

We had about two hours in which to work, depending on the stage of neap and spring tides.

The position of the sun could amplify them into spring tides, or restrain them as neap tides.

Venus and in which Sir Isaac expected to return home, and the Spring Tide, the Luna shuttle which alternated with its sister the Neap Tide.

We had been sixties children, coddled first, then spoiled, and finally stranded by the neap tide of narcissism, left to rot with our obsessive quests for personal fulfillment.

So the springs are the highest and strongest around new and full moon, and the neaps are the smallest and weakest at first and third quarters.

There was a power plant that ran on methane, to judge by the pile of animal dung neaped next to it, and a great big metal doughnut, still sitting in half of the crate it had come in, that looked like the makings of a small fusion generator.

There was a power plant that ran on methane, to judge by the pile of animal dung neaped next to it, and a great big metal doughnut, still sitting in half of the crate it had come in, that looked like the makings of a small fusion generator.

When the sun or moon are at right-angles to each other in relation to the earth their pull is weakest and we get the smaller tides which are weaker and called neaps.

So the springs are the highest and strongest around new and full moon, and the neaps are the smallest and weakest at first and third quarters.

APC looking down at the long strip of ruin below them where two hundred Cambodians had once lived in a village called Neap.

Twice in her lifetime a neap tide had drawn the water back half a mile from the gravel strand at the eastern margin of Barca's Hamlet.