a flowing backward or away; decline or decay: the ebb of a once great nation.
a point of decline: His fortunes were at a low ebb.
to flow back or away, as the water of a tide (opposed to flow).
to decline or decay; fade away: His life is gradually ebbing.
- un·ebbed, adjective
- un·ebb·ing, adjective
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How to use ebb in a sentence
We worked with the ebbs and flows of their peak seasons and low seasons as well as the margin differences to set up different cost of sale goals across the different campaigns that we had set up.PPC award winners talk strategies for competitive times, industries, and marketplaces | Carolyn Lyden | January 29, 2021 | Search Engine Land
Time was measured by a new moon, the first snow, a migrating bird, or the ebb and flow of a river.Humans Have Rights and So Should Nature - Issue 94: Evolving | Grant Wilson | January 6, 2021 | Nautilus
A good answer these days would have something to do with DNA, but it would also have to incorporate ebb and flow, process and pattern, contingency and probability, a paradoxically permanent state of impermanence.Over Time, Buddhism and Science Agree - Issue 94: Evolving | David P. Barash | December 23, 2020 | Nautilus
We’re probably going to have the ebbs and flows of dealing with this pandemic.Maryland state superintendent says students should be in school ‘right now’ | Donna St. George | October 28, 2020 | Washington Post
In fact, it’s the ebb and flow in Pennsylvania, more than any other factor, that drive the ups and downs in the President’s odds for reelection.Who will decide the election? It may come down to Pennsylvania seniors | Shawn Tully | October 28, 2020 | Fortune
Be very passive as the air leaves your lungs and leaves your mouth, mimicking the sounds of ocean waves ebbing and flowing.
Zia, in bed with the Islamists who were being dispatched to the gallows by the tribunal, found her appeal 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 | THE 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 | THE DAILY BEAST
The argument could be heard in Israel on Sunday even as protests across the region appeared to be ebbing.
A chopping sea, caused by the ebbing tide, was breaking outside the cape which marked the entrance to Sandsgaard Bay.Skipper Worse | Alexander Lange Kielland
Presently she sat down on a Bentwood rocking-chair and swayed to and fro, aware of an ebbing of confidence.Hilda | Sarah Jeanette Duncan
I feel my life ebbing fast away, but would not stay without my darling.A Fortune Hunter; Or, The Old Stone Corral | John Dunloe Carteret
The vital tide was ebbing fast; and even the caresses of his master could not prolong his life for a few moments.Minnie's Pet Dog | Madeline Leslie
I felt weary and strangely heavy, as though my heart were ebbing away within me.Dream Tales and Prose Poems | Ivan Turgenev
British Dictionary definitions for ebb
(of tide water) to flow back or recede: Compare flow (def. 9)
to fall away or decline
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)
at a low ebb in a state or period of weakness, lack of vigour, or decline
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Other Idioms and Phrases with ebb
In addition to the idioms beginning with ebb
- ebb and flow
- at a low ebb
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