(Neap) n. [Cf. Neb, Nape.] The tongue or pole of a cart or other vehicle drawn by two animals.
Neap tides, the lowest tides of the lunar month, which occur in the second and fourth quarters of the
moon; opposed to spring tides.
(Neap) a. [As. nepflod neap flood; cf. hnipian to bend, incline.] Low.
(Neap), n. A neap tide.
High springs and dead neaps.Harkwill.
(Neaped) a. (Naut.) Left aground on the height of a spring tide, so that it will not float till the
next spring tide; called also beneaped.
(Ne`a*pol"i*tan) a. [L. Neapolitanus, fr. Neapolis Naples, Gr. lit., New town.] Of of pertaining
to Naples in Italy. n. A native or citizen of Naples.
(Near) adv. [AS. neár, compar. of neáh nigh. See Nigh.]
1. At a little distance, in place, time, manner, or degree; not remote; nigh.
My wife! my traitress! let her not come near me.Milton.
2. Nearly; almost; well-nigh. "Near twenty years ago." Shak. "Near a fortnight ago." Addison.
Near about the yearly value of the land.Locke.
3. Closely; intimately. Shak.
Far and near, at a distance and close by; throughout a whole region. To come near to, to want
but little of; to approximate to. "Such a sum he found would go near to ruin him." Addison.
Near the wind (Naut.), close to the wind; closehauled.
(Near) a. [Compar. Nearer ; superl. Nearest.] [See Near, adv.]
1. Not far distant in time, place, or degree; not remote; close at hand; adjacent; neighboring; nigh. "As one
near death." Shak.
He served great Hector, and was ever near,Dryden.
Not with his trumpet only, but his spear.
2. Closely connected or related.
She is thy father's near kinswoman.Lev. xviii. 12.
3. Close to one's interests, affection, etc.; touching, or affecting intimately; intimate; dear; as, a near friend.
4. Close to anything followed or imitated; not free, loose, or rambling; as, a version near to the original.
5. So as barely to avoid or pass injury or loss; close; narrow; as, a near escape.
6. Next to the driver, when he is on foot; in the Unted States, on the left of an animal or a team; as, the
near ox; the near leg. See Off side, under Off, a.
7. Immediate; direct; close; short. "The nearest way." Milton.
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