- the reflux of the tide or the tide at ebb; ebb.
Origin of ebb tide
First recorded in 1830–40
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Examples from the Web for ebb tide
He knew besides such words as "hawser," "bulkhead" and "ebb-tide."The Harbor
Having lost their anchor, they were at the mercy of the ebb-tide.In Search of the Castaways
It is never taken in nets, but buckets are used at ebb-tide.Celebrated Travels and Travellers
It was but slow progress with the oars against the ebb-tide.Captain Mugford
The company re-embarked in high spirits, and we had the ebb-tide to return with.Jacob Faithful
Captain Frederick Marryat
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