verb (used without object)
Origin of ebb
Examples from the Web for ebb
Ebb and flow, checks and balances, the center would hold, et cetera.A Veteran’s View: NYC Cold War Between Cops and City Hall|Matt Gallagher|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Analyzing the ebb and flow of the race, Howie said Weiland has positive momentum but Rounds is collapsing.South Dakota's Bizarre Four-Way (Senate Election, That Is)|Ben Jacobs|October 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Perhaps this accounts for the ebb and flow of her popularity.The Fiction Writer Shirley Jackson Stars in Her Own Novel|Hugh Ryan|June 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But Shrier noted that undergarment trends tend to “ebb and flow.”Kate Middleton’s “Bottomgate” Shows Why Women Still Need Slips|Keli Goff|May 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Treat mental health disorders and seemingly random violence will ebb too, the theory goes.
Yet when the ebb came, and men began to count their losses, there were but few to record.Uppingham by the Sea|John Henry Skrine
On account of the ebb tide and consequent lay of the corks, we worked back, in reverse order, eastwards.A Poor Man's House|Stephen Sydney Reynolds
One little defect in this otherwise so beautiful landscape is caused by the ebb and flow.Tour in England, Ireland, and France, in the years 1826, 1827, 1828 and 1829.|Hermann Pckler-Muskau
After the flood of inspiration comes its ebb; the valley of despond, after the heights of Alpine splendor.Studies in the Out-Lying Fields of Psychic Science|Hudson Tuttle
The plot is a complex one; it has an ebb and flow, a complication and a resolution, to use technical terms.How to Write a Novel|Anonymous
- the flowing back of the tide from high to low water or the period in which this takes place
- (as modifier)the ebb tide Compare flood (def. 3)
Word Origin for ebb
Old English ebba "ebb, low tide," perhaps from Proto-Germanic *abjon (cf. Old Frisian ebba, Old Saxon ebbiunga, Middle Dutch ebbe, Dutch eb, German Ebbe), from *ab-, from PIE root *apo- "off, away" (see apo-). Figurative sense of "decline, decay" is c.1400.
Old English ebbian, from the root of ebb (n.). Related: Ebbed; ebbing.
In addition to the idioms beginning with ebb
- ebb and flow
- at a low ebb