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ebb

noun \ ˈeb \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

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 in a Sentence

  1. Morale seems to have reached its lowest ebb.

  2. a surprising ebb in the quality of workmanship in goods coming from that country

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Origin and Etymology of ebb

Middle English ebbe, from Old English ebba; akin to Middle Dutch ebbe ebb, Old English of from — more at of


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ebb

verb

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 in a Sentence

  1. waiting for the tide to ebb

  2. the fortunes of the town slowly ebbed as factory after textile factory closed

Recent Examples of ebb from the Web

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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 (such as the tide) that commonly comes and goes.
    • the ebbing of daylight


EBB Defined for English Language Learners

ebb

noun

Definition of ebb for English Language Learners

  • : the time when the tide flows out from the land

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


ebb

verb

Definition of ebb for English Language Learners

  • of a tide : to flow outward from the land

  • : to get worse


EBB Defined for Kids

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ebb

noun \ ˈeb \

Definition of ebb for Students

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

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ebb

verb

Definition of ebb for Students

ebbed; ebbing
1 :to flow out or away
2 :to get worse His fortunes ebbed.


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