Ebb

Definition of Ebb

Pronunciation: ĕb
n.1.(Zool.) The European bunting.
1.The reflux or flowing back of the tide; the return of the tidal wave toward the sea; - opposed to flood; as, the boats will go out on the ebb.
Thou shoreless flood which in thy ebb and flow
Claspest the limits of morality!
- Shelley.
2.The state or time of passing away; a falling from a better to a worse state; low state or condition; decline; decay.
Painting was then at its lowest ebb.
- Dryden.
Ebb and flow
the alternate ebb and flood of the tide; often used figuratively.
This alternation between unhealthy activity and depression, this ebb and flow of the industrial.
- A. T. Hadley.
v. i.1.To flow back; to return, as the water of a tide toward the ocean; - opposed to flow.
[imp. & p. p. Ebbed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Ebbing.]
That Power who bids the ocean ebb and flow.
- Pope.
2.To return or fall back from a better to a worse state; to decline; to decay; to recede.
The hours of life ebb fast.
- Blackmore.
v. t.1.To cause to flow back.
a.1.Receding; going out; falling; shallow; low.
The water there is otherwise very low and ebb.
- Holland.

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