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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.

  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.

    Syn: To recede; retire; withdraw; decay; decrease; wane; sink; lower.


vb. (en-past of: ebb)

Usage examples of "ebbed".

Her horror had ebbed, over the days, leaving her with crawling skin and a torrent of ideas.

A hundred different manically cheerful tunes sounded from a hundred engines and organs, an unsettling cacophony that ebbed and flowed around them.

And now after the guilt and the uncertainty had ebbed away, after the atavistic disgust and fear had gone, leaving only a nervous, very deep affection, his lover had been taken from him.

He looked up into the darkening sky, the stars dim to him from all the clotted light that surrounded him, that ebbed through the glass below his body.

Isaac would try to negotiate by the ghost image that slowly ebbed from his eyes.

It sounded subdued again, as if its energy had ebbed from it during the journey through the planes of the web.

When the Indian woman told how she had first crossed the path of Macdonald, the color flamed into the cheeks of the Irish girl, but as the story progressed, the blood ebbed even from her lips.

The surge of disgust with which Sheba had broken her engagement to marry Macdonald ebbed away as the weeks passed.

Her strength ebbed, and the hinges of her knees gave unexpectedly beneath her.