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ebb

 (ĕb)
n.
1. The receding or outgoing tide, occurring between the time when the tide is highest and the time when the following tide is lowest. Also called ebb tide, falling tide.
2. A period of decline or diminution: "Insistence upon rules of conduct marks the ebb of religious fervor" (Alfred North Whitehead).
intr.v. ebbed, ebb·ing, ebbs
1. To fall back from the flood stage.
2. To fall away or back; decline or recede. See Synonyms at recede1.

[Middle English ebbe, from Old English ebba; see apo- in Indo-European roots.]

ebb

(ɛb)
vb (intr)
1. (Physical Geography) (of tide water) to flow back or recede. Compare flow9
2. to fall away or decline
n
3. (Physical Geography)
a. the flowing back of the tide from high to low water or the period in which this takes place
b. (as modifier): the ebb tide. Compare flood3
4. at a low ebb in a state or period of weakness, lack of vigour, or decline
[Old English ebba; related to Old Norse efja river bend, Gothic ibuks moving backwards, Old High German ippihōn to roll backwards, Middle Dutch ebbe ebb]

ebb

(ɛb)

n.
1. the flowing back of the tide as the water returns to the sea.
2. a flowing backward or away; decline or decay.
3. a point or state of decline: His fortunes were at a low ebb.
v.i.
4. to flow back or away, as the water of a tide.
5. to decline or decay; fade away.
[before 1000; Middle English eb(be), Old English ebba]

ebb

- Suggests the receding of something (e.g. tides) that commonly comes and goes.
See also related terms for tides.

ebb


Past participle: ebbed
Gerund: ebbing

Imperative
ebb
ebb
Present
I ebb
you ebb
he/she/it ebbs
we ebb
you ebb
they ebb
Preterite
I ebbed
you ebbed
he/she/it ebbed
we ebbed
you ebbed
they ebbed
Present Continuous
I am ebbing
you are ebbing
he/she/it is ebbing
we are ebbing
you are ebbing
they are ebbing
Present Perfect
I have ebbed
you have ebbed
he/she/it has ebbed
we have ebbed
you have ebbed
they have ebbed
Past Continuous
I was ebbing
you were ebbing
he/she/it was ebbing
we were ebbing
you were ebbing
they were ebbing
Past Perfect
I had ebbed
you had ebbed
he/she/it had ebbed
we had ebbed
you had ebbed
they had ebbed
Future
I will ebb
you will ebb
he/she/it will ebb
we will ebb
you will ebb
they will ebb
Future Perfect
I will have ebbed
you will have ebbed
he/she/it will have ebbed
we will have ebbed
you will have ebbed
they will have ebbed
Future Continuous
I will be ebbing
you will be ebbing
he/she/it will be ebbing
we will be ebbing
you will be ebbing
they will be ebbing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been ebbing
you have been ebbing
he/she/it has been ebbing
we have been ebbing
you have been ebbing
they have been ebbing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been ebbing
you will have been ebbing
he/she/it will have been ebbing
we will have been ebbing
you will have been ebbing
they will have been ebbing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been ebbing
you had been ebbing
he/she/it had been ebbing
we had been ebbing
you had been ebbing
they had been ebbing
Conditional
I would ebb
you would ebb
he/she/it would ebb
we would ebb
you would ebb
they would ebb
Past Conditional
I would have ebbed
you would have ebbed
he/she/it would have ebbed
we would have ebbed
you would have ebbed
they would have ebbed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ebb - a gradual decline (in size or strength or power or number)ebb - a gradual decline (in size or strength or power or number)
decline, diminution - change toward something smaller or lower
2.ebb - the outward flow of the tide
ebbtide - the tide while water is flowing out
flow, flowing - the motion characteristic of fluids (liquids or gases)
Verb1.ebb - flow back or recede; "the tides ebbed at noon"
fall back - move back and away from; "The enemy fell back"
tide, surge - rise or move forward; "surging waves"
2.ebb - hem in fish with stakes and nets so as to prevent them from going back into the sea with the ebb
besiege, circumvent, hem in, beleaguer, surround - surround so as to force to give up; "The Turks besieged Vienna"
3.ebb - fall away or decline; "The patient's strength ebbed away"
recede - become faint or more distant; "the unhappy memories of her childhood receded as she grew older"

ebb

verb
1. flow back, go out, withdraw, sink, retreat, fall back, wane, recede, fall away We hopped from rock to rock as the tide ebbed from the causeway.
noun
1. flowing back, going out, withdrawal, retreat, wane, waning, regression, low water, low tide, ebb tide, outgoing tide, falling tide, receding tide We decided to leave on the ebb at six o'clock next morning.
at a low ebb at a low point, at rock bottom, not successful, not profitable The Government's popularity is at a low ebb.

ebb

noun
The act or process of becoming less active or intense:
verb
1. To grow or cause to grow gradually less:
2. To move back or away from a point, limit, or mark:
3. To become or cause to become less active or intense:
abate, bate, die (away, down, off, or out), ease (off or up), fall, fall off, lapse, let up, moderate, remit, slacken, slack off, subside, wane.
Translations
يَقِل، يَتَضاءَل، يَضْعُفيَنْحَسِرُ المَد
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laskuvesiluode
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fjara útfjara út, minnka
atoslūgismažėjantisprastõs būklėssenkantisslūgti
atplūstizsīktmazināties
ebebbe

ebb

[eb]
A. N [of tide] → reflujo m
the ebb and flow [of tide] → el flujo y reflujo (fig) → los altibajos
to be at a low ebb [person, spirits] → estar decaído; [business] → estar de capa caída
at a low ebb in his fortunesen un bache de su vida
B. VIbajar, menguar (fig) → decaer
to ebb and flow [tide] → fluir y refluir
life is ebbing from himle están abandonando sus últimas fuerzas
C. CPD ebb tide Nmarea f baja, bajamar f
ebb away VI + ADV (fig) → menguar, disminuir

ebb

[ˈɛb]
n
[tide] → reflux m
on the ebb (ebb tide)à la marée descendante
(fig) the ebb and flow of → le flux et le reflux de, les fluctuations de
to be at a low ebb [fortunes] → être bien bas(se), aller mal; [person] → être bien bas(se)
to be at one's lowest ebb [person] → être au plus bas
vi
[tide] → refluer
(= decline) → décliner
ebb away
vi [strength, support, life] → déclinerebb tide nmarée f descendante, reflux m

ebb

nEbbe f; the tide is on the ebbes ist Ebbe; ebb and flowEbbe und Flut f; (fig)Auf und Ab nt; at a low ebb (fig)auf einem Tiefstand; their popularity is at its lowest ebbihre Beliebtheit hat einen absoluten Tiefpunkt erreicht
vi
(tide)zurückgehen; to ebb and flow (lit, fig)kommen und gehen
(fig: also ebb away, enthusiasm etc) → abebben, verebben; (life)zu Ende gehen

ebb

[ɛb]
1. n (of tide) → riflusso
ebb and flow → flusso e riflusso
to be at a low ebb (fig) (person, spirits) → avere il morale a terra (000, business) → andar malediminuire
2. virifluire (fig) (also ebb away) to ebb and flow (tide) → fluire e rifluire
his strength was ebbing fast → le forze gli venivano meno rapidamente

ebb

(eb)
1. (of the tide) to go out from the land. The tide began to ebb.
2. to become less. His strength was ebbing fast.
ebb tide
the ebbing tide. They sailed on the ebb tide.
at a low ebb
in a poor or depressed state. She was at a low ebb after the operation.
on the ebb
ebbing or getting less. His power is on the ebb.
References in classic literature ?
Dimmesdale effected an arrangement by which the two were lodged in the same house; so that every ebb and flow of the minister's life-tide might pass under the eye of his anxious and attached physician.
And meet it is, that over these sea-pastures, wide-rolling watery prairies and Potters' Fields of all four continents, the waves should rise and fall, and ebb and flow unceasingly; for here, millions of mixed shades and shadows, drowned dreams, somnambulisms, reveries; all that we call lives and souls, lie dreaming, dreaming, still; tossing like slumberers in their beds; the ever-rolling waves but made so by their restlessness.
His changes of mood did not offend me, because I saw that I had nothing to do with their alternation; the ebb and flow depended on causes quite disconnected with me.
In such risings of fire and risings of sea--the firm earth shaken by the rushes of an angry ocean which had now no ebb, but was always on the flow, higher and higher, to the terror and wonder of the beholders on the shore--three years of tempest were consumed.
It's ebb at half-arter three, slack water half an hour.
I had pulled down as far as Greenwich with the ebb tide, and had turned with the tide.
There's a strong scour with the ebb," he said, "and this here passage has been dug out, in a manner of speaking, with a spade.
was floating down the broad Ugambi with ebb tide and current.
Towards the south and east some coral showed itself, left by the ebb.
Had I kept my courage up to the level of the dawn, had I not allowed it to ebb away in solitary thought, I might have grasped the vacant sceptre of Moreau and ruled over the Beast People.
So I travelled, stopping ever and again, in great strides of a thousand years or more, drawn on by the mystery of the earth's fate, watching with a strange fascination the sun grow larger and duller in the westward sky, and the life of the old earth ebb away.
Parted by life and death; the ebb and flow Of night and day over his spirit go; He hunts her face in dreams, and finds despair.