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ebb


  6  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Ebb  \Ebb\,  n.  (Zo["o]l.) 
  The  European  bunting. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Ebb  \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.] 
  1.  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. 
 
  2.  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.''  --Roscommon. 
 
  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. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Ebb  \Ebb\,  v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Ebbed};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Ebbing}.]  [AS.  ebbian  akin  to  D.  &  G.  ebben,  Dan.  ebbe.  See 
  2d  {Ebb}.] 
  1.  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. 
 
  2.  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. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Ebb  \Ebb\,  v.  t. 
  To  cause  to  flow  back  [Obs.]  --Ford. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Ebb  \Ebb\,  a. 
  Receding;  going  out  falling;  shallow;  low 
 
  The  water  there  is  otherwise  very  low  and  ebb. 
  --Holland. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  ebb 
  adj  :  outgoing;  "ebb  tide";  "low  tide"  [syn:  {ebb(a)},  {low}] 
  [ant:  {flood(a)}] 
  n  1:  a  gradual  decline  (in  size  or  strength  or  power  or  number) 
  [syn:  {ebbing},  {wane}] 
  2:  the  outward  flow  of  the  tide  [syn:  {reflux}] 
  v  :  low  back  or  recede;  of  tide  water  [ant:  {tide}] 




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