An example of neap is weaker tides present in the oceans.
Origin of neapMiddle English neep ; from Old English nep- in nepflod, neap tide
Origin of neapprobably ; from ON, as in Norwegian dialect, dialectal neip, forked pole
Perhaps of Scandinavian origin: compare dialectal Norwegian neip (“forked pole").
(third-person singular simple present neaps, present participle neaping, simple past and past participle neaped)
- To trap a ship (ship and crew) in water too shallow to move, due to the smaller tidal range occurring in a period of neap tides.
Old English nÄ“p- in nÄ“pflÅd (“neap tide").