Definitions of ebb

  1. flow back or recede; " the tides ebbed at noon"
  2. the outward flow of the tide
  3. a gradual decline ( in size or strength or power or number)
  4. fall away or decline; " The patient's strength ebbed away"
  5. hem in fish with stakes and nets so as to prevent them from going back into the sea with the ebb
  6. The European bunting.
  7. The state or time of passing away; a falling from a better to a worse state; low state or condition; decline; decay.
  8. To return or fall back from a better to a worse state; to decline; to decay; to recede.
  9. To cause to flow back.
  10. Receding; going out; falling; shallow; low.
  11. 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.
  12. To flow back; to return, as the water of a tide toward the ocean; - opposed to flow.
  13. The flowing back of the tide; ebb- tide; decline.
  14. To flow back, as the tide to the sea; decline; recede.
  15. The gradual decline in the opsonic index at the end of the positive phase.
  16. The going back or retiring of the tide: a decline or decay.
  17. To flow back: to sink: to decay.
  18. Retiring of the tide; decline.
  19. To retire, as the tide; decline.
  20. To recede, as the tide; decline; fail.
  21. The reflux of tide water to the ocean. ebbtide.
  22. Decrease; decline.
  23. The retiring or going back of the tide; decline; decay.
  24. To flow back; to decay; to decline.
  25. The reflux or flowing back of the tide; decline; a falling from a better to a worse state.
  26. To flow back, as the tide; to return, as the waters of the sea; to decay or decline.

Usage examples for ebb

  1. If you were to see me you would be astonished to see the work of the past summer; but all these improvements will ebb away with the sun- while I am assured of permanent good if I leave England. – The Letters of Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1 of 2) by Frederic G. Kenyon
  2. The ancients knew this, and when the river- on which, as we know only too well, the weal or woe of this land solely depends- refused to rise, and its low ebb brought evils of many kinds upon its banks, they offered in sacrifice the thing they deemed most noble of all the earth has to show a pure and beautiful maiden. – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  3. That name is the ebb and flow of my heart's blood. – The Grey Cloak by Harold MacGrath
  4. But his gigantic tasks ran his strength to ebb tide, and then it was seen that the tide was running out. – Quiet Talks on the Crowned Christ of Revelation by S. D. Gordon
  5. The undisturbed boatman, without removing the pipe from his mouth, pointed to the bubbles on the water which were already floating outward, a certain evidence that the tide was on the ebb. – The Water-Witch or, The Skimmer of the Seas by James Fenimore Cooper
  6. Yet when he had in this manner got money, he was so ready to throw it away on women and at play, that in a short space his pocket was at as low an ebb as ever. – Lives Of The Most Remarkable Criminals Who have been Condemned and Executed for Murder, the Highway, Housebreaking, Street Robberies, Coining or other offences by Arthur L. Hayward
  7. To take things easy, not to fight against the ebb and flow of life, but to give way to it- that was what was needed. – The Garden Party by Katherine Mansfield
  8. I imagine that, so far as the judgment of the world goes, our fortunes are at the lowest ebb just now-" " Oh, the world is wrong!" – A Fearful Responsibility and Other Stories by William D. Howells
  9. The tide of flood sets to the north, and the ebb to the south. – A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume 16 by Robert Kerr
  10. The ebb runs nine hours to the east, and the flood three hours to the west, but at times, the flood has been observed to run five hours: it flows in this bay at seven hours and an half, full and change, and rises seven feet perpendicular. – An Historical Journal of the Transactions at Port Jackson and Norfolk Island by John Hunter
  11. Except in the slack of the ebb it were madness to make the attempt. – The Unknown Sea by Clemence Housman
  12. Sometimes they are " flush of cash," at other times reduced to a low enough ebb. – The Lifeboat by R.M. Ballantyne
  13. His veins were opened, and, without a word of self- pity, Vestinus allowed his life to ebb away in the bath. – Roman Society from Nero to Marcus Aurelius by Samuel Dill
  14. It was just at the time when her spirits were at their lowest ebb that the girl turned to her suddenly and caught her by the arm. – One Maid's Mischief by George Manville Fenn
  15. Truly men say that once a mighty water swept over the dark earth, but by the craft of Zeus an ebb suddenly drew off the flood. – The Extant Odes of Pindar by Pindar
  16. She drew back her head, but ere she could shape her mind to retreat from the window, the solid gloom hurled itself thundering past, and she stood trembling and lonely, with the ebb of Ruber's paces in her ears- and in her hand a letter. – Paul Faber, Surgeon by George MacDonald
  17. We have been set to the westward all night with the ebb. – A Sea Queen's Sailing by Charles Whistler
  18. The Liverpool ship was out of sight, and six or seven sails were turning down with the ebb, under every stitch of canvass that would draw. – Recollections of Europe by J. Fenimore Cooper
  19. He at first thought, when his joy began to ebb in February or March, that it would rise again, and that he would see matters in a different light; but the spring was here, and the tide had not turned. – The Revolution in Tanner's Lane by Mark Rutherford
  20. If we wait for the ebb we'll not get out before daylight. – The Golden Rock by Ernest Glanville