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ebb tide

the reflux of the tide or the tide at ebb; ebb.
Origin of ebb tide
First recorded in 1830-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • At one o'clock, when advanced five miles above the elbow, the ebb tide made; and the wind being unfavourable, we landed to dine.

    A Voyage to Terra Australis Matthew Flinders
  • The ebb tide had run out, and the waters were beginning to rise again.

    Toilers of the Sea Victor Hugo
  • With a favorable breeze and an ebb tide we soon passed the bar, and entered upon the broad ocean.

    Jack in the Forecastle John Sherburne Sleeper
  • And then, at the ebb tide, we were walking up a street that parallels and parodies Broadway.

    Whirligigs O. Henry
  • I think we can use the ebb tide of our energies best in that way.

  • The Democratic Party had reached the ebb tide of its disastrous fortunes.

    Marse Henry (Vol. 1) Henry Watterson
  • A schooner filled with brick got caught by the ebb tide and laid down on us in the open draw.

    The Modern Railroad Edward Hungerford
  • Off St. Catherine's they met the ebb tide, and as the wind was light and dead aft the progress to the Nab was slow.

    Yachting Vol. 1 Various.
  • He had only to send one of his servants in one of the small boats and two hours after ebb tide he brought it back full.

  • Wyndham was wanted at home, the ebb tide was running and a mailboat was due to call at Takana lagoon.

    Wyndham's Pal Harold Bindloss
ebb tide in Science
ebb tide
The period between high tide and low tide during which water flows away from the shore. Also called falling tide. Compare flood tide. See more at tide.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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