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.
- Is sometimes exceeded; the average neap rise is 282 ft.
- 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.
- 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.