either of the two tides that occur at the first or last quarter of the moon when the tide-generating forces of the sun and moon oppose each other and produce the smallest rise and fall in tidal level Compare spring tide (sense 1)
A tide in which the difference between high and low tide is the least. Neap tides occur twice a month when the Sun and Moon are at right angles to the Earth. When this is the case, their total gravitational pull on the Earth’s water is weakened because it comes from two different directions. Compare spring tide. See more at tide.
[neer] /nɪər/ adverb, nearer, nearest. 1. close; to a point or place not far away: Come near so I won’t have to shout. 2. at, within, or to a short distance. 3. close in time: The New Year draws near. 4. close in relation; closely with respect to connection, similarity, intimacy, etc. (often used in […]
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noun a collective term for the independent republics which lie near to or border Russia; also written Near Abroad noun See near abroad
noun 1. any of several malt beverages that are similar to beer but are usually considered nonalcoholic because they have an alcoholic content of less than ½ percent.
[neer-bahy] /ˈnɪərˈbaɪ/ adjective 1. close at hand; not far off; adjacent; neighboring: a nearby village. adverb 2. in the neighborhood or vicinity; close : She works nearby. adjective (ˈnɪəˌbaɪ) 1. not far away; close at hand adverb (ˌnɪəˈbaɪ) 2. close by “close at hand,” late 14c. (one-word form from 15c.), from near + by.