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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.]
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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]
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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]
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ebb

- Suggests the receding of something (e.g. tides) that commonly comes and goes.
See also related terms for tides.
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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
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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"
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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.
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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.
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Translations
يَقِل، يَتَضاءَل، يَضْعُفيَنْحَسِرُ المَد
odliv
ebbeebbe ud
laskuvesiluode
apad
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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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References in classic literature ?
Yet the ear, it fully knows, By the twanging And the clanging, How the danger ebbs and flows; Yet, the ear distinctly tells, In the jangling And the wrangling, How the danger sinks and swells, By the sinking or the swelling in the anger of the bells - Of the bells - Of the bells, bells, bells, bells, Bells, bells, bells - In the clamour and the clangour of the bells!
Daylight, after I had been four hours in the water, found me in a parlous condition in the tide-rips off Mare Island light, where the swift ebbs from Vallejo Straits and Carquinez Straits were fighting with each other, and where, at that particular moment, they were fighting the flood tide setting up against them from San Pablo Bay.
Faces that fall into types you can describe, or at all events label in such a way that the reader can identify them; but those faces that consist mainly of spiritual effect and physical bloom, that change with everything they look upon, the light in which ebbs and flows with every changing tide of the soul,--these you have to love to know, and to worship to portray.
And where the tide ebbs and flows, the Chinese sink great bag-nets to the bottom, with gaping mouths, into which the shrimp crawls and from which it is transferred to the boiling-pot.
In the second place, the ebb was now making--a strong rippling current running westward through the basin, and then south'ard and seaward down the straits by which we had entered in the morning.
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.
He said they would get under way as soon as the ebb set, and expressed his gladness to be out of a port where there were no taverns and fiddlers; but all with such horrifying oaths, that I made haste to get away from him.
Ye are ashamed of your flow, and others are ashamed of their ebb.
At first my mouth and throat were parched, and my strength ebbed sensibly.
For this purpose, return all to your posts; within an hour, we shall have the ebb of the tide.
His fortune was then at a very low ebb, the source being stopt from which hitherto he had been supplied.
At first sight it appears not a little remarkable that the fresh water should regularly ebb and flow with the tides; and it has even been imagined, that sand has the power of filtering the salt from the sea-water.