Ebb (?), n. Zool.

The European bunting.


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Ebb, n. [AS. ebba; akin to Fries. ebba, D. eb, ebbe, Dan. & G. ebbe, Sw. ebb, cf. Goth. ibuks backward; prob. akin to E. even.]


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.

Thou shoreless flood which in thy ebb and flow Claspest the limits of morality! Shelley.


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

"Our ebb of life."


Painting was then at its lowest ebb. Dryden.

Ebb and flow, the alternate ebb and flood of the tide; often used figuratively.

This alternation between unhealthy activity and depression, this ebb and flow of the industrial. A. T. Hadley.


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Ebb (?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Ebbed (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Ebbing.] [AS. ebbian; akin to D. & G. ebben, Dan. ebbe. See 2d Ebb.]


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

That Power who bids the ocean ebb and flow. Pope.


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

The hours of life ebb fast. Blackmore.

Syn. -- To recede; retire; withdraw; decay; decrease; wane; sink; lower.


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Ebb, v. t.

To cause to flow back.




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Ebb, a.

Receding; going out; falling; shallow; low.

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


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