Definitions for ebbɛb

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ebbɛb(n.)

  1. the flowing back of the tide as the water returns to the sea.

    Category: Oceanography

  2. a flowing backward or away; decline or decay.

  3. a point or state of decline:

    His fortunes were at a low ebb.

  4. (v.i.)to flow back or away, as the water of a tide.

  5. to decline or decay; fade away.

Origin of ebb:

bef. 1000; ME eb(be), OE ebba

Princeton's WordNet

  1. ebb, ebbing, wane(noun)

    a gradual decline (in size or strength or power or number)

  2. ebb, reflux(verb)

    the outward flow of the tide

  3. ebb, ebb away, ebb down, ebb out, ebb off(verb)

    flow back or recede

    "the tides ebbed at noon"

  4. ebb(verb)

    hem in fish with stakes and nets so as to prevent them from going back into the sea with the ebb

  5. ebb(verb)

    fall away or decline

    "The patient's strength ebbed away"

Wiktionary

  1. ebb(Noun)

    The receding movement of the tide.

  2. ebb(Noun)

    A gradual decline

  3. ebb(Noun)

    low state, state of depression

  4. ebb(Noun)

    The European bunting

  5. ebb(Verb)

    to flow back or recede

    The tides ebbed at noon.

  6. ebb(Verb)

    to fall away or decline

    The dying man's strength ebbed away.

  7. ebb(Verb)

    to fish with stakes and nets that serve to prevent the fish from getting back into the sea with the ebb

  8. ebb(Adjective)

    low, shallow

    The water there is otherwise very low and ebb. (Holland)

  9. Origin: ebba, from abjōn (compare West Frisian ebbe, Dutch eb, German Ebbe, Old Norse efja ‘countercurrent’), from ab (compare Old English af). More at of, off.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ebb(noun)

    the European bunting

  2. Ebb(noun)

    the reflux or flowing back of the tide; the return of the tidal wave toward the sea; -- opposed to flood; as, the boats will go out on the ebb

  3. Ebb(noun)

    the state or time of passing away; a falling from a better to a worse state; low state or condition; decline; decay

  4. Ebb(verb)

    to flow back; to return, as the water of a tide toward the ocean; -- opposed to flow

  5. Ebb(verb)

    to return or fall back from a better to a worse state; to decline; to decay; to recede

  6. Ebb(verb)

    to cause to flow back

  7. Ebb(adj)

    receding; going out; falling; shallow; low


Translations for ebb

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

ebb

(of the tide) to go out from the land

The tide began to ebb.

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