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.

Definitions of ebb
  1. noun
    the outward flow of the tide
    synonyms: reflux
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    type of:
    flow, flowing
    the motion characteristic of fluids (liquids or gases)
  2. noun
    a gradual decline (in size or strength or power or number)
    synonyms: ebbing, wane
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    type of:
    decline, diminution
    change toward something smaller or lower
  3. verb
    flow back or recede
    “the tides ebbed at noon”
    synonyms: ebb away, ebb down, ebb off, ebb out
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    Antonyms:
    surge, tide
    rise or move forward
    type of:
    fall back
    move back and away from
  4. verb
    fall away or decline
    “The patient's strength ebbed away”
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    type of:
    recede
    become faint or more distant
  5. verb
    hem in fish with stakes and nets so as to prevent them from going back into the sea with the ebb
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    type of:
    beleaguer, besiege, circumvent, hem in, surround
    surround so as to force to give up
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