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ebb tide

noun
1.
the reflux of the tide or the tide at ebb; ebb.
Origin of ebb tide
1830-1840
First recorded in 1830-40
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  • Dinsmore, watching beside him, knew that it was the ebb tide.

    Oh, You Tex! William Macleod Raine
  • Douglas, as I have said, had the disadvantage of riding an ebb tide.

    America First

    Various
  • Had the girl been alone, she told herself, she would have given her to the ebb tide.

    A Village of Vagabonds F. Berkeley Smith
  • Towards what fate was the ebb tide of the streets drifting them?

    The Octopus Frank Norris
  • The wind fell, as I expected, and after dark we barely stemmed the ebb tide.

    Poor Jack Frederick Marryat
  • No, I will not endanger these poor fellows—I will sail with the ebb tide.

    The Pirate

    Sir Walter Scott
  • The ebb tide had run out, and the waters were beginning to rise again.

    Toilers of the Sea Victor Hugo
  • I think we can use the ebb tide of our energies best in that way.

  • Its sand is yellow and fine, strewn with rose shells at the ebb tide.

    Japanese Fairy Tales

    Grace James
  • I had pulled down as far as Greenwich with the ebb tide, and had turned with the tide.

    Great Expectations Charles Dickens
ebb tide in Science
ebb tide
  (ěb)   
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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