Definitions and meaning of ebb
From Middle English ebbe, from Old English ebba (“ebb, tide”), from Proto-Germanic *abjô, *abjǭ (compare West Frisian ebbe, Dutch eb, German Ebbe, Old Norse efja (“countercurrent”)), from Proto-Germanic *ab (“off, away”), from Proto-Indo-European *apó. (compare Old English af). More at of, off.
- enPR: ĕb, IPA(key): /ɛb/
- Rhymes: -ɛb
ebb (plural ebbs)
- The receding movement of the tide.
- The boats will go out on the ebb.
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- Thou shoreless flood which in thy ebb and flow / Claspest the limits of morality!
- A gradual decline.
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- Thus all the treasure of our flowing years, / Our ebb of life for ever takes away.
- (Can we date this quote by Mary Shelley and provide title, author's full name, and other details?), The Last Man
- This reflection thawed my congealing blood, and again the tide of life and love flowed impetuously onward, again to ebb as my busy thoughts changed.
- A low state; a state of depression.
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- Painting was then at its lowest ebb.
- 2002, Joyce Carol Oates, The New Yorker, 22 & 29 April
- A "lowest ebb" implies something singular and finite, but for many of us, born in the Depression and raised by parents distrustful of fortune, an "ebb" might easily have lasted for years.
- A European bunting, the corn bunting (Emberiza calandra, syns. Emberiza miliaria, Milaria calandra).
ebb (third-person singular simple present ebbs, present participle ebbing, simple past and past participle ebbed)
- (intransitive) to flow back or recede
- The tides ebbed at noon.
- (intransitive) to fall away or decline
- The dying man's strength ebbed away.
- (intransitive) to fish with stakes and nets that serve to prevent the fish from getting back into the sea with the ebb
- (transitive) To cause to flow back.
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ebb away, ebb down, ebb off, ebb out, reflux, wane
ebb (comparative ebber, superlative ebbest)
- low, shallow
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- The water there is otherwise very low and ebb.
- ebb; low tide
- Antonyms: flod, högvatten
- Synonym: lågvatten
- to move back from the land, to recede.
(source: Collins Scrabble Dictionary)