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1ebb

noun \ˈeb\

: the time when the tide flows out from the land

: a low point or condition : a condition of weakness, failure, etc.

Full Definition of EBB

1
:  the reflux of the tide toward the sea
2
:  a point or condition of decline <our spirits were at a low ebb>

Examples of EBB

  1. Morale seems to have reached its lowest ebb.
  2. <a surprising ebb in the quality of workmanship in goods coming from that country>

Origin of EBB

Middle English ebbe, from Old English ebba; akin to Middle Dutch ebbe ebb, Old English of from — more at of
First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with EBB

2ebb

verb

of a tide : to flow outward from the land

: to get worse

Full Definition of EBB

intransitive verb
1
:  to recede from the flood
2
:  to fall from a higher to a lower level or from a better to a worse state <his popularity ebbed>

Examples of EBB

  1. waiting for the tide to ebb
  2. <the fortunes of the town slowly ebbed as factory after textile factory closed>

First Known Use of EBB

before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of EBB

abate, subside, wane, ebb mean to die down in force or intensity. abate stresses the idea of progressive diminishing <the storm abated>. subside implies the ceasing of turbulence or agitation <the protests subsided after a few days>. wane suggests the fading or weakening of something good or impressive <waning enthusiasm>. ebb suggests the receding of something (as the tide) that commonly comes and goes <the ebbing of daylight>.
EBBING Defined for Kids

1ebb

noun \ˈeb\

Definition of EBB for Kids

1
:  the flowing out of the tide
2
:  a point reached after things have gotten worse <In the ebb of their fortunes, this sum was their total capital … — Jack London, The Call of the Wild>

2ebb

verb
ebbedebb·ing

Definition of EBB for Kids

1
:  to flow out or away
2
:  to get worse <His fortunes ebbed.>

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