Ebb tide on a French beach.
- 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.
- 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 LowG, 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 . Also called 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 recede 1.
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.