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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.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ebbing - a gradual decline (in size or strength or power or number)ebbing - a gradual decline (in size or strength or power or number)
decline, diminution - change toward something smaller or lower
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Keeling Island -- Singular appearance -- Scanty Flora -- Transport of Seeds -- Birds and Insects -- Ebbing and flowing Springs -- Fields of dead Coral -- Stones transported in the roots of Trees -- Great Crab -- Stinging Corals -- Coral eating Fish -- Coral Formations -- Lagoon Islands, or Atolls -- Depth at which reef-building Corals can live -- Vast Areas interspersed with low Coral Islands -- Subsidence of their foundations -- Barrier Reefs -- Fringing Reefs -- Conversion of Fringing Reefs into Barrier Reefs, and into Atolls -- Evidence of changes in Level -- Breaches in Barrier Reefs -- Maldiva Atolls, their peculiar structure -- Dead and submerged Reefs -- Areas of subsidence and elevation -- Distribution of Volcanoes -- Subsidence slow, and vast in amount
These ebbing wells are common on some of the low islands in the West Indies.
This observation convinced me that I had nothing to do but to observe the ebbing and the flowing of the tide, and I might very easily bring my boat about the island again; but when I began to think of putting it in practice, I had such terror upon my spirits at the remembrance of the danger I had been in, that I could not think of it again with any patience, but, on the contrary, I took up another resolution, which was more safe, though more laborious - and this was, that I would build, or rather make, me another periagua or canoe, and so have one for one side of the island, and one for the other.
No evening I had passed at Bly had the portentous quality of this one; in spite of which--and in spite also of the deeper depths of consternation that had opened beneath my feet--there was literally, in the ebbing actual, an extraordinarily sweet sadness.
The poorest paid architect, engineer, general, author, sculptor, painter, lecturer, advocate, legislator, actor, preacher, singer is constructively in heaven when he is at work; and as for the musician with the fiddle-bow in his hand who sits in the midst of a great orchestra with the ebbing and flowing tides of divine sound washing over him -- why, certainly, he is at work, if you wish to call it that, but lord, it's a sarcasm just the same.
gt; Allison Janney Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri was the biggest winner of the night at the Bafta film awards, while hotly-tipped Darkest Hour star Gary Oldman won the leading actor prize.
LONDON (AFP) - Crime drama "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" captured five British Bafta awards on Sunday, including best film.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri star Frances McDormand, 60, who took Best Actress, said: "I have trouble with compliance but I stand in solidarity with my sisters in black.