ebb

When something ebbs, it is declining, falling, or flowing away. The best time to look for sea creatures in tidal pools is when the tide is on the ebb — meaning it has receded from the shore.

Ebb is often used in the phrase, "ebb and flow," referring to the cyclical changing of the tides from low to high and back to low again. This sense of cyclical change can also be applied to other things. If you want to make money investing, you have to weather the ebb and flow of the stock market.

Primary Meanings of ebb

1.
nv
the outward flow of the tide
flow back or recede
2.
v
hem in fish with stakes and nets so as to prevent them from going back into the sea with the ebb
Full Definitions of ebb
1

n the outward flow of the tide

Synonyms:
reflux
Type of:
flow, flowing
the motion characteristic of fluids (liquids or gases)

n a gradual decline (in size or strength or power or number)

Synonyms:
ebbing, wane
Type of:
decline, diminution
change toward something smaller or lower

v flow back or recede

“the tides ebbed at noon”
Synonyms:
ebb away, ebb down, ebb off, ebb out
Antonyms:
surge, tide
rise or move forward
Type of:
fall back
move back and away from

v fall away or decline

“The patient's strength ebbed away”
Type of:
recede
become faint or more distant
2

v hem in fish with stakes and nets so as to prevent them from going back into the sea with the ebb

Type of:
beleaguer, besiege, circumvent, hem in, surround
surround so as to force to give up

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