verb (used without object)
Origin of ebb
Examples from the Web for ebbing
Barack Obama, the first African-American president, was reelected, indicating that racial hostility toward minorities is ebbing.The Supreme Court’s Ruling and the End of the Civil-Rights Era|Adam Winkler|June 25, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Three, liberal support for affirmative action as we know it may be ebbing, as “diversity” has become a shorthand for race.How Affirmative Action Became an Upper-Middle Class Benefit|Lloyd Green|April 7, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The argument could be heard in Israel on Sunday even as protests across the region appeared to be ebbing.
Demonstrations across the Mideast appear to ebbing, but what remains is a foreign-policy headache for President Obama.
There are also signs that the wave of distressed selling that helped push prices lower throughout 2010 and 2011 is ebbing.
They strolled together along the beach; and as the tide was ebbing, the sands were firm and pleasant.Grace Darling|Eva Hope
Great masses of seaweed had been brought in and left by the ebbing tide.The Golden Web|Anthony Partridge
Your own energy is ebbing after the days enchantment and you feel that to stroll and sit and look is all the bliss you need.From sketch-book and diary|Elizabeth Butler
Presently she sat down on a Bentwood rocking-chair and swayed to and fro, aware of an ebbing of confidence.Hilda|Sarah Jeanette Duncan
The tide was ebbing now, but almost every other wave swept the breakwater.The Seaboard Parish, Complete|George MacDonald
- 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 ebbian, from the root of ebb (n.). Related: Ebbed; ebbing.
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.
In addition to the idioms beginning with ebb
- ebb and flow
- at a low ebb