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Below you will find the definition of ebb, followed by 48 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(noun) - the outward flow of the tide
EXAMPLES - Ebb in a Sentence
- "It is vat you call ebb," said the French captain. (source)
- "Jefferson 'quainted wid ebb'rybody, an' ebb'rybody 'quainted wid (source)
- There's an ebb and a flow that we can't always predict or control. (source)
- You can see the long term ebb and flow of cycle allocation over time. (source)
- "What made you try the South Channel in ebb tide and an inshore wind?" (source)
- This point, or ebb, is called the uncanny valley - see the chart below. (source)
- And we have seen the line behind us kind of ebb and flow throughout the morning here. (source)
- Remember you are just in an "ebb" moment, and you could be seconds away from a "flow". (source)
- But I also hear what you say about blogging having a certain ebb-and-flow energy to it. (source)
- My appreciation for Joe Biden has been subject to a certain ebb and flow over the years. (source)
- Technology had become a virtual "window" through which I was watching the world ebb and flow. (source)
- Things kind of ebb and flow as an artist, and you've just got to shoot what you want to shoot. (source)
- He would miss it if the new assignment wasn't a posting with the same kind of ebb and flow of adrenaline. (source)
- At last the lowest point of the "ebb" is reached -- a few minutes 'rest, and then the "flow" begins again. (source)
- And one of the great things about New York is that there's an ebb and flow of people, there's a constant flux. (source)
- As the 1780s wore on, its international credit at a low ebb, the nation was mired in a deep economic depression. (source)
- In Greece, the measure of consumer confidence fell to -57 from -51, to reach its lowest ebb since the survey began in 1990. (source)
- "ebb," though I do not myself object to it, nor wish to have it altered, will I fear prove obscure to nine readers out of ten. (source)
- "Timing is key with deals as spreads continue to ebb and flow on Europe," said a N.Y.-based syndicate manager away from that deal. (source)
- Also, inventory lists are more likely to be accurate in the middle of the week, once the ebb and flow on Monday morning has passed. (source)
- With no wind, and no anchor, and the kind of ebb tide there'll be pretty soon -- well, if we don't drift out to sea we'll be lucky .... (source)
- There's this kind of ebb and flow in Hollywood, and you get the same scripts over and over - every romantic comedy reads exactly the same. (source)
- The terms ebb and flow generally refer to the movement of water, especially in relation to Earth's natural tides that are influenced by the (source)
- Your second objection, derived from the present "ebb" of opinion, will be best answered by the fact that Mackintosh and his followers have the (source)
- Pakistani relationship's all-time ebb triggered by the SEAL raid in May that killed Osama bin Laden in a safe house outside Pakistan's capital. (source)
- _ ] [Footnote 47: _Hi_, the third syllable of the first line of the poem, does duty for _hi_, signifying "ebb," and for _hikata_, "dry beach." (source)
- And while I realize that there are ebbs and flows in any business, it's easy to look at the news and wonder just how long this current "ebb" will last. (source)
- He admitted that the closing stages of last season represented his lowest ebb, when he felt powerless as a promising campaign unravelled so spectacularly. (source)
- Foolish, particularly in the chorus, whose rising action and end of verse dip recalls the ebb and flow dynamic of "Driveway to Driveway" and "Without Blinking." (source)
- At any rate, the kind of ebb or half ebb, which so often, though not so certainly, follows flood-tides in literature, came upon the novel in the twenties and thirties. (source)
- It is said to have a kind of ebb and flow, sometimes discharging its current like the Fountain of Vaucluse, at others retaining and scarcely suffering it to run at all. (source)
- With more than two million out of work and the stock market at its lowest ebb, economists were expressing real fears that the UK was on the brink of a 1930s-style slump. (source)
- The other provision is intended to shield recipients of government Pell Grants, which benefit low-income college students, from the ebb and flow of changes in federal spending. (source)
- Ever notice how some matches never produce the kind of ebb and flow we like, and play out in a one-dimensional way, with a single "turning-point" that sometimes isn't even obvious or dramatic? (source)
- Sexologist Lisa Diamond spent over a decade studying the ebb and flow of female desire, finding that many women experience sexual attraction to specific people, rather than to a particular gender. (source)
- The housing boom/bust in Nevada (mostly Clark County?) in part was a reflection of the state's situation, compounded by too-easy credit, homebuyers who took on too much risk and got caught in the "ebb". (source)
- There's this kind of ebb and flow in Hollywood, you get the same scripts over and over, every romantic comedy reads exactly the same, and in the world of graphic novels there's originality there, and some great characters. (source)
- Sunday to them is a fete day not a holy day; drinking is a matter of course; sexual morality is at a very low ebb among the men; and so far as their appreciation of the value of the truth is concerned, the less said the better. (source)
- Here is an historic film, released when the Brits were at their lowest ebb in the war, and due to its public domain status, it is only available in a muddy print, with the sound so muffled you can scarcely make out the dialogue. (source)
- "What we've introduced today is the concept of a private cloud, [to] take advantage of the same kind of ebb and flow and same kind of reuse of servers but inside [an organization's] firewall, inside its four walls," Rosamilia said. (source)
- CLINTON: Yes, indeed, and the investigation has gone on for a number of years; and we have just seen these things kind of ebb and flow; and, you know, we are just going to continue to get up every day, and do what we have to do and not get drawn into all of this. (source)
- Andrew Hagger of comparison website Moneynet said: It's important that a specific savings vehicle exists for children, although without any incentive or contribution from the government and rates at such a low ebb, it's difficult to see this being a roaring success. (source)
- And another one to think about is as I mentioned is advertising, we can kind of ebb and flow advertising with sales and then with management bench strength build up, that will just go as quickly as we can hire up so that would be spread more throughout the year as well. (source)
- Nike doesn't expect its robust sales of basketball shoes and apparel to ebb markedly, even if the lockout of players by owners in the National Basketball Association delays or derails the next NBA season in the U.S., which remains scheduled for tip-off at the beginning of November. (source)
- Though the party leadership had justified the 'withdrawal of revolutionary forces' into the forest areas as part of the strategy of self-preservation during the 'ebb' phase of revolution, the leaders had to concede that this phase was a direct result of the party losing public support. (source)
- During that period, which dates from the founding of the journal Annales in 1929, a succession of eminent French scholars taught the history profession to turn its back on politics and to contemplate the long-term ebb and flow of currents running deep beneath the frothy stuff of battles and elections. (source)
- His understanding of his situation was painfully accurate: he was marooned upon what a flood tide made a desert island but which at the ebb was a peninsula -- a long and narrow strip of sand, bounded on the west by the broad, shallow channel to the ocean, on the east connected with the mainland by a sandbar which half the day lay submerged. (source)
- 'Variations of atmospheric pressure': to which belong the horary oscillations, occurring with such regularity in the tropics, where they produce a kind of ebb and flow in the atmosphere, which can not be ascribed to the attraction of the moon, * and which differs so considerably according to geographical latitude, the seasons of the year, and the elevation above the level of the sea. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 48 example sentences provided below is 62.0, which suggests that "ebb" is a standard word that is understood by individuals with a high school diploma or degree, and can be found in news articles, books, magazines and other places.
We have 33 synonyms for ebb.
abatement, backflow, decay, decrease, degeneration, depreciation, deterioration, diminution, drop, dwindling, fading away, flagging, going out, lessening, low tide, low water, outward flow, petering out, recession, refluence, reflux, retreat, retrocession, retroflux, shrinkage, sinking, slackening, subsidence, sweep, wane, waning, weakening, withdrawal
We have 10 antonyms for ebb.
advance, development, enlargement, expansion, flow, growth, improvement, incline, increase, rise
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of ebb from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (noun) Ebb tide.
- (noun) A period of decline or diminution: "Insistence upon rules of conduct marks the ebb of religious fervor” ( Alfred North Whitehead).
- (verb-intransitive) To fall back from the flood stage.
- (verb-intransitive) To fall away or back; decline or recede. See Synonyms at recede1.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (noun) The receding movement of the tide.
- (noun) A gradual decline
- (noun) low state, state of depression
- (noun) The European bunting
- (verb) to flow back or recede
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (noun) The European bunting.
- (noun) The reflux or flowing back of the tide; the return of the tidal wave toward the sea; -- opposed to
- (noun) The state or time of passing away; a falling from a better to a worse state; low state or condition; decline; decay.
- (verb-intransitive) To flow back; to return, as the water of a tide toward the ocean; -- opposed to
- (verb-intransitive) To return or fall back from a better to a worse state; to decline; to decay; to recede.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (noun) The reflux or falling of the tide; the return of tide-water toward the sea: opposed to flood or flow. See tide.
- (noun) A flowing backward or away; decline; decay; a gradual falling off or diminution: as, the ebb of prosperity; crime is on the ebb.
- (noun) A name of the common bunting, Emberiza miliaria. Montagu.
- (None) Not deep; shallow.
- (None) To flow back; return, as the water of a tide, toward the ocean; subside: opposed to flow: as, the tide ebbs and flows twice in twenty-four hours. See tide.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (noun) the outward flow of the tide
- (verb) flow back or recede
- (noun) a gradual decline (in size or strength or power or number)
- (verb) fall away or decline
- (verb) hem in fish with stakes and nets so as to prevent them from going back into the sea with the ebb