Ebb tide


  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Ebb tide The reflux of tide water; the retiring tide; -- opposed to flood tide.
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  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
    “The lowest ebb is the turn of the tide.”


In literature:

The wind fell, as I expected, and after dark we barely stemmed the ebb tide.
"Poor Jack" by Frederick Marryat
It would be flood-tide for two hours more, and then the whole ebb would run before it was daylight.
"Snarley-yow" by Frederick Marryat
They were facts as great and as unescapable as the ebb and flow of the tides, as dawn and twilight, as the morning and evening stars.
"On the Stairs" by Henry B. Fuller
But God, who never forgets His fallen creatures, came to this man's help when the tide with him was at its lowest ebb.
"The Coxswain's Bride" by R.M. Ballantyne
The Thames was black and gurgling, for it was intensely dark, and the tide half ebb at the time.
"Dusty Diamonds Cut and Polished" by R.M. Ballantyne
Hundreds of leagues of ocean was being backed up by the hurricane, which more than overcame the lowering effect of the ebb tide.
"A Son Of The Sun" by Jack London
Blocks of buildings now stand on the site of mills that were once worked by the ebb and flow of the tides.
"The Campaign of 1776 around New York and Brooklyn" by Henry P. Johnston
"Charles Carleton Coffin" by William Elliot Griffis
Somehow, the whole tide of his purpose seemed suddenly to ebb.
"VC -- A Chronicle of Castle Barfield and of the Crimea" by David Christie Murray
Dinsmore, watching beside him, knew that it was the ebb tide.
"Oh, You Tex!" by William Macleod Raine

In poetry:

She begs for them of careless crowd,
Of earnest brows and narrow hearts,
That when it hears her cry aloud,
Turns like the ebb-tide and departs.
"Charity" by Victor Marie Hugo
And he's almost such.
His treasury is every day, ere sun-set,
Poorer than empty; and how high so e'er
Flows in the morning tide, 'tis ebb by noon.
"Nathan The Wise - Act I" by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
Thou tide of glory which no rest dost know,
But ever ebb and ever flow!
Thou golden shower of a true Jove,
Who does in thee descend, and heaven to earth make love!
"Hymn. To Light" by Abraham Cowley
There Life is at ebb-tide; even the air
Brings presage of swift death; Earth's bosom bare
Uplifted is in prayer unto the skies
While up to brazen Heaven are lifted eyes
"The Miracle of the Cross" by John William Streets
Believe me not, dear, when in hours of anguish
I say my love for thee exists no more.
At ebb of tide, think not the sea is faithless;
It will return with love unto the shore.
"Love's Ebb And Flow" by Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy
There Health, thro' whose calm bosom glide
The temperate joys in even tide,
That rarely ebb or flow;
And Patience there, thy sister meek,
Presents her mild, unvarying cheek
To meet the offer'd blow.
"Hymn To Content" by Anna Laetitia Aikin Barbauld

In news:

Featured artist at Ebb Tide paints with wool.
An ebb tide for wind-farm developers.
And, like the tides that ebb and flow along the county's Seven President's Oceanfront Park, the park system strives for balance.
Like the tides, the ebb and flow of the marine low clouds along the California coastline is reassuringly timeless.
Elected narrowly three times in what turned out to be ebbs in the rising Republican tide, Sen Mary Landrieu is now the last statewide-elected Democrat standing in Louisiana.
A log found along the shoreline at low tide served as the inspiration for Ebb , a new bench series developed by designer Mark Gabbertas and Leland International.
Vista Looks Ready to Ship at Ebb Tide of PC Demand.
The optimal time for shell hunting is in the hours immediately before and after low tide (and the tide ebbs lowest around the full and new moons).
Much like the tides that help shape them, shorelines ebb and flow.
There's the major ebb, which reveals tide pools and reef shelves, and a major flow, which washes up to the breakwaters and sends the beachside barracas (shape-shifting beach bars) to their boardwalk base.
Low Tides and Ebb Tides One high tide always faces the moon, while the other faces away from it.