Origin of neapMiddle English neep from Old English nep- in nepflod, neap tide
An example of neap is weaker tides present in the oceans.
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").
- At neap tides to 25 ft.
- Two jetties enclose a channel leading into the river, which forms a tidal basin with a depth at neap-tides of 24 ft.
- About the time of the maxima there must be a longer tidal range (that is, a greater rise and fall than the average); the difference between neap tides and spring tides will also be increased, and as results of these conditions there must be great tidal floods breaking over lowlying coasts and producing extensive denudation.
- It was thought at one time that a MS. of the Latin poet Propertius at Naples (Neap. 268)268) might have independent value as an authority for the text.
- 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.