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Definition of "ebb" []

  • Ebb tide. (noun)
  • A period of decline or diminution: "Insistence upon rules of conduct marks the ebb of religious fervor” ( Alfred North Whitehead). (noun)
  • To fall back from the flood stage. (verb-intransitive)
  • To fall away or back; decline or recede. See Synonyms at recede1. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "ebb" in a sentence
  • "But I also hear what you say about blogging having a certain ebb-and-flow energy to it."
  • "This point, or ebb, is called the uncanny valley - see the chart below."
  • "My appreciation for Joe Biden has been subject to a certain ebb and flow over the years."