Adjective "ebb" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


The movement of the tide out to sea.
  1. as modifier 'the ebb tide'
  2. 'Feeding activity is regulated by the ebb tide when fresh seaweed is most readily available.'
  3. 'This weekend the beach will be sporting kites that will carry their surfing occupants at speeds of 80 to 100 miles an hour along the shallows of the ebb tide.'
  4. 'Visibility is better at high tide, as the ebb tide brings down silt from the river.'
  5. 'This may the basis for many species of coral fishes refuging in reef structures at the height of the ebb and flood, and swimming and feeding around slack tides.'
  6. 'These observations suggest that some individuals occasionally stray off of the marsh surface, or are inadvertently transported to the lower intertidal zone during ebb tides.'
  7. 'The tide was on the ebb, the sand was firm and wide.'
  8. 'The hardest thing about this lock is if you have a boat coming in on the ebb tide.'
  9. 'We passed the immense coastal inlet where at ebb tide dead rats and rusting machinery are visible.'
  10. 'The narrow road follows the edge of the fjord-like Loch Long which can run like a river, especially at its narrowest point when filling up on the flow tide or draining on the ebb.'


(of tidewater) move away from the land; recede.
  1. 'The tide that had risen some time ago, the house had sunk in it, but now the water had ebbed and the man was where he should have been - on the shore.'
  2. 'I'm going to paint among the wild flowers of oak woods - primroses, bluebells, anemones and wild garlic, above an estuary as the tide ebbs and flows.'
  3. 'The wind is blowing fresh out of the east, funneling up the river, and the tide is ebbing hard, setting up a steep chop.'
  4. 'These might contain a couple of feet of water or a mere stream when the tide ebbs, but quickly become deep, surging rivers of seawater when it flows.'
  5. 'When the tide ebbs, the women rush to the beach to dig for clams.'
(of an emotion or quality) gradually decrease.
  1. 'But after the initial wave of shock and anger ebbed, Rogers had a different idea.'
  2. 'I felt my anger ebb away and a feeling of shame come over me.'
  3. 'Her confidence ebbed slightly under his doubt, but she didn't let it show.'
  4. 'All became silent for Luke and Aaron as they slowly felt their energy ebb away.'
  5. 'Emily's tension slowly began to ebb away at Brett's caress but she still felt bad; she had ruined a wonderful afternoon with her stupidity.'
  6. 'He grabbed it and rubbed his funny bone vigorously until the pain ebbed.'
  7. 'His functional strength ebbs and flows with his opinion poll ratings.'
  8. 'At this point, you're tired, stressed, and your confidence has ebbed.'
  9. 'Cuddling into his warmth, she allowed her eyes to close as her anger ebbed until it faded completely, leaving a small twinge of guilt in its wake.'
  10. 'I breathe deeply and slowly, and gradually the sinking feeling ebbs and I lift my head.'

More definitions

1. the flowing back of the tide as the water returns to the sea (opposed to flood, flow).

2. a flowing backward or away; decline or decay: the ebb of a once great nation.

3. a point of decline: His fortunes were at a low ebb. verb (used without object)

4. to flow back or away, as the water of a tide (opposed to flow).

5. to decline or decay; fade away: His life is gradually ebbing.

More examples(as adjective)

"tides can be ebb."

"dealers can be ebb."

"arrivals can be ebb."

"whiles can be ebb."

"presidents can be ebb."

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Old English ebba (noun), ebbian (verb), of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch ebbe (noun), ebben (verb), and ultimately to of which had the primary sense ‘away from’.


at a low ebb
ebb and flow