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ebb tide

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noun
  1. the reflux of the tide or the tide at ebb; ebb.
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Origin of ebb tide

First recorded in 1830–40
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Historical Examples of ebb tide

  • He knew besides such words as "hawser," "bulkhead" and "ebb-tide."

    The Harbor

    Ernest Poole

  • Having lost their anchor, they were at the mercy of the ebb-tide.

  • It is never taken in nets, but buckets are used at ebb-tide.

  • It was but slow progress with the oars against the ebb-tide.

    Captain Mugford

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • The company re-embarked in high spirits, and we had the ebb-tide to return with.

    Jacob Faithful

    Captain Frederick Marryat


ebb tide in Science

ebb tide

[ĕb]
  1. 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.
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