ebb tide

noun

1
: the tide while ebbing or at ebb
2
: a period or state of decline

Examples of ebb tide in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At the time of the collision, an ebb tide was also running, meaning that the current would have been flowing out of the harbor — the same direction the vessel was traveling. Jackie Northam, NPR, 27 Mar. 2024 The prolonged stretch of ebb tides is linked to a lingering high-pressure weather system over much of Italy, experts say. Claudio Lavanga, NBC News, 24 Feb. 2023 The dry weather has led to a stretch of ebb tides — or a receding current — that has left several of the city’s smaller canals dry and unable to support boat traffic, The Associated Press reported. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, 22 Feb. 2023 The dye releases occur at a point in the tide cycle when the water level is falling called an ebb tide. Laura Baisas, Popular Science, 30 Jan. 2023 All dye releases will be during an ebb tide, or the tidal phase when the water level is falling. Saleen Martin, USA TODAY, 27 Jan. 2023 For our society, the Covid-19 pandemic represents an ebb tide of historic proportions, one that is laying bare vulnerabilities and inequities that in normal times have gone undiscovered. Michael Pollan, The New York Review of Books, 11 June 2020 The ebbing tides of winter layoffs cut O’Donnell loose from Angeline. Craig Laban, Philly.com, 6 July 2018 While the ocean forecast is good, there is a 10-foot swing in the ebbing tide (starts late morning) and that makes for treacherous bar crossings in the best weather. Bill Monroe, OregonLive.com, 29 Dec. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1782, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of ebb tide was in 1782

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“Ebb tide.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ebb%20tide. Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

ebb tide

noun
1
: the tide while ebbing
2

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