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English Dictionary: ebb by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
ebb
n
  1. a gradual decline (in size or strength or power or number)
    Synonym(s): ebb, ebbing, wane
  2. the outward flow of the tide
    Synonym(s): ebb, reflux
v
  1. flow back or recede; "the tides ebbed at noon" [syn: ebb, ebb away, ebb down, ebb out, ebb off]
    Antonym(s): surge, tide
  2. hem in fish with stakes and nets so as to prevent them from going back into the sea with the ebb
  3. fall away or decline; "The patient's strength ebbed away"
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Ebb \Ebb\, n. (Zo[94]l.)
      The European bunting.

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 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.
            [bd]Our ebb of life.[b8] --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.
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