Ebb - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |eb|  American pronunciation of the word ebb
Brit.  |eb|  British pronunciation of the word ebb

noun

- a gradual decline (in size or strength or power or number) (syn: ebbing, wane)
- the outward flow of the tide (syn: reflux)

verb

- flow back or recede
- hem in fish with stakes and nets so as to prevent them from going back into the sea with the ebb
- fall away or decline

Examples

Morale seems to have reached its lowest ebb.

...a surprising ebb in the quality of workmanship in goods coming from that country...

waiting for the tide to ebb

...the fortunes of the town slowly ebbed as factory after textile factory closed...

Linda's enthusiasm began to ebb away.

The patient's strength ebbed away

Word forms

verb
I/you/we/they: ebb
he/she/it: ebbs
present participle: ebbing
past tense: ebbed
past participle: ebbed
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