verb (used without object)
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Origin of ebb
OTHER WORDS FROM ebbun·ebbed, adjectiveun·ebb·ing, adjective
Example sentences from the Web for ebb
“I wanted to show the kind of marriage that has its ebbs and flows,” Quindlen said.
Like the sea is our life for its largeness; like the sea in its ebbs and flows.The Optimist's Good Morning|Florence Hobart Perin
While the tide is flowing, oysters lie with the hollow side downwards, but when it ebbs they turn on the other side.
The exchequer fills again by the disappearance of his wardrobe and his watch; but ebbs under a new temptation.Hours in a Library|Leslie Stephen
British Dictionary definitions for ebb
- 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
Idioms and Phrases with ebb
In addition to the idioms beginning with ebb
- ebb and flow
- at a low ebb