Part of speech: verb

To recede, as the tide; decline; fail.

Part of speech: noun

The reflux of tide water to the ocean. ebbtide.

Part of speech: noun

Decrease; decline.

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Usage examples "ebb":

  1. Popular education in those days was at the lowest possible ebb. - "Canada under British Rule 1760-1900", John G. Bourinot.
  2. At the slack on the ebb, the men could wade about her bows, to their waist in the water.... - "The Sea Bride", Ben Ames Williams.
  3. All which is expressed is the change only,- the ebb takes the place of the flood, and vice versa. - "Christology of the Old Testament: And a Commentary on the Messianic Predictions, v. 1", Ernst Wilhelm Hengstenberg.