- Ebb is defined as the movement of the tide out to the sea.
An example of ebb is the movement of tide water out to the ocean or sea.
- To ebb means to move out further into the sea and further from land or to gradually decline or lessen.
- An example of ebb is when a wave moves out to sea.
- When you were interested in learning about science but then you began to get bored and your interest lessened, this is a situation where your interest in science began to ebb.
Ebb tide on a French beach.
- the flow of water back toward the sea, as the tide falls
- a weakening or lessening; decline: the ebb of faith
Origin of ebbMiddle English ebbe ; from Old English ebba (common Low German as in Middle Low German ebbe from source German ebbe, Old Frisian ebba) ; from Germanic an unverified form abjan, a going back ; from Indo-European base an unverified form apo-, from, away from from source off
- to flow back; recede, as the tide
- to weaken or lessen; decline
Origin of ebbME ebben < OE ebbian
- The receding or outgoing tide, occurring between the time when the tide is highest and the time when the following tide is lowest. Also called ebb tide, falling tide.
- A period of decline or diminution: “Insistence upon rules of conduct marks the ebb of religious fervor” (Alfred North Whitehead).
intransitive verbebbed, ebb·ing, ebbs
- To fall back from the flood stage.
- To fall away or back; decline or recede. See Synonyms at recede1.
Origin of ebbMiddle English ebbe, from Old English ebba; see apo- in Indo-European roots.
- The receding movement of the tide.
- The boats will go out on the ebb.
- A gradual decline.
- A low state; a state of depression.
- A European bunting, Emberiza miliaria.
(third-person singular simple present ebbs, present participle ebbing, simple past and past participle ebbed)
(comparative ebber, superlative ebbest)
From Middle English ebbe, from Old English ebba (“ebb, tide”), from Proto-Germanic *abjô, *abjōn (compare West Frisian ebbe, Dutch eb, German Ebbe, Old Norse efja (“countercurrent”), from Proto-Germanic *ab (“off, away”), from Proto-Indo-European *apó. (compare Old English af). More at of, off.