neap tide

noun

Definition of neap tide

: a tide of minimum range occurring at the first and the third quarters of the moon

First Known Use of neap tide

1548, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about neap tide

Time Traveler for neap tide

Time Traveler

The first known use of neap tide was in 1548

See more words from the same year

Statistics for neap tide

Cite this Entry

“Neap tide.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/neap%20tide. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

More from Merriam-Webster on neap tide

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about neap tide

Comments on neap tide

What made you want to look up neap tide? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Words of Snow and Ice Quiz

  • image1037863653
  • Which of the following refers to thin, bending ice, or to the act of running over such ice?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Typeshift

Anagram puzzles meet word search.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!