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Meaning of EBB

Pronunciation:  eb

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the outward flow of the tide
  2. [n]  a gradual decline (in size or strength or power or number)
  3. [v]  fall away or decline; "The patient's strength ebbed away"
  4. [v]  hem in fish with stakes and nets so as to prevent them from going back into the sea with the ebb
  5. [v]  flow back or recede; "the tides ebbed at noon"

EBB is a 3 letter word that starts with E.


 Synonyms: ebb away, ebb down, ebb off, ebb out, ebbing, reflux, wane
 Antonyms: surge, tide
 See Also: beleaguer, besiege, circumvent, decline, diminution, ebbtide, fall back, flow, flowing, hem in, recede, recede, retire, surround



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Ebb\, n. (Zo["o]l.)
    The European bunting.
  2. \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.
       ``Our ebb of life.'' --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.
  3. \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.
  4. \Ebb\, v. t.
    To cause to flow back. [Obs.] --Ford.
  5. \Ebb\, a.
    Receding; going out; falling; shallow; low.
          The water there is otherwise very low and ebb.
Biology Dictionary
 Definition: Falling stage or outward flow, especially of tides.
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