neap tide

noun

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

Examples of neap tide in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The possibility of a prolonged neap tide like the one that had tripped up the landing boats at Tarawa was right there in black and white. Catherine Musemeche, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 July 2022 But on November 20, 1943, the day the amphibious assault on Tarawa began, an apogean neap tide prevailed. Catherine Musemeche, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 July 2022 The bay was filling on a neap tide and the Stags of Broadhaven thrust at the clear white skies in raucous appeal. Kevin Barry, The New Yorker, 4 Apr. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1548, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of neap tide was in 1548

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“Neap tide.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/neap%20tide. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

neap tide

noun
ˈnēp-
: a tide of least range occurring at the first and third quarters of the moon

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