Ebb Definition

ĕb
ebbed, ebbing, ebbs, ebber, ebbest
noun
ebbs
The receding or outgoing tide, occurring between the time when the tide is highest and the time when the following tide is lowest.
American Heritage
The flow of water back toward the sea, as the tide falls.
Webster's New World
A weakening or lessening; decline.
The ebb of faith.
Webster's New World
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.
YourDictionary
A low state; a state of depression.
Wiktionary
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verb
ebbed, ebbing, ebbs
To fall back from the flood stage.
American Heritage
To flow back; recede, as the tide.
Webster's New World
To weaken or lessen; decline.
Webster's New World
Synonyms:
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adjective
ebber, ebbest
The water there is otherwise very low and ebb. (Holland)
Wiktionary

Other Word Forms of Ebb

Noun

Singular:
ebb
Plural:
ebbs

Adjective

Base Form:
ebb
Comparative:
ebber
Superlative:
ebbest

Origin of Ebb

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English ebbe from Old English ebba apo- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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