• WordNet 3.6
    • v ebb fall away or decline "The patient's strength ebbed away"
    • v ebb hem in fish with stakes and nets so as to prevent them from going back into the sea with the ebb
    • v ebb flow back or recede "the tides ebbed at noon"
    • n ebb the outward flow of the tide
    • n ebb a gradual decline (in size or strength or power or number)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Ebb Receding; going out; falling; shallow; low. "The water there is otherwise very low and ebb ."
    • n Ebb ĕb (Zoöl) The European bunting.
    • Ebb The reflux or flowing back of the tide; the return of the tidal wave toward the sea; -- opposed to flood; as, the boats will go out on the ebb . "Thou shoreless flood which in thy ebb and flow
      Claspest the limits of morality!"
    • Ebb The state or time of passing away; a falling from a better to a worse state; low state or condition; decline; decay. "Our ebb of life.""Painting was then at its lowest ebb .""This alternation between unhealthy activity and depression, this ebb and flow of the industrial."
    • v. t Ebb To cause to flow back.
    • Ebb 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."
    • Ebb To return or fall back from a better to a worse state; to decline; to decay; to recede. "The hours of life ebb fast."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n ebb The reflux or falling of the tide; the return of tide-water toward the sea: opposed to flood or flow. See tide.
    • n ebb A flowing backward or away; decline; decay; a gradual falling off or diminution: as, the ebb of prosperity; crime is on the ebb.
    • n ebb A name of the common bunting, Emberiza miliaria. Montagu.
    • ebb Not deep; shallow.
    • ebb 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.
    • ebb To return or recede; fall away; decline.
    • ebb Synonyms To recede, retire, decrease, sink, lower, wane, fall away.
    • ebb To cause to subside.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Ebb eb the going back or retiring of the tide: a decline or decay
    • v.i Ebb to flow back: to sink: to decay
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  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
    “The lowest ebb is the turn of the tide.”
  • Seneca
    “Most men ebb and flow in wretchedness between the fear of death and the hardship of life; they are unwilling to live, and yet they do not know how to die.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. ebba,; akin to Fries. ebba, D. eb, ebbe, Dan. & G. ebbe, Sw. ebb, cf. Goth. ibuks, backward; prob. akin to E. even.,


In literature:

It is like that invention of a Connecticut man, which utilizes the ebb and flow of the ocean-tides to turn a gristmill.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 5 (of 14)" by Elbert Hubbard
The wind was fair, but light; we hove up and made sail, stemming the last of the ebb.
"Poor Jack" by Frederick Marryat
Never was political veracity in Europe at a lower ebb than during the Peace Conference.
"The Inside Story Of The Peace Conference" by Emile Joseph Dillon
These they use to catch fish with, in the holes on the reefs, when the tide ebbs.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Vol. 15 (of 18)" by Robert Kerr
Yet the tide was already on the ebb, and for cogent reasons.
"Political Thought in England from Locke to Bentham" by Harold J. Laski
They had missed the ebb, and it was hours yet to next half-ebb, and they could not hope to land.
"A Maid of the Silver Sea" by John Oxenham
Here are very heavy rips on the ebb tide.
"Fishing Grounds of the Gulf of Maine" by Walter H. Rich
The ebb (with which I was now carried) sets very strong and runs 8 or 9 hours.
"A Continuation of a Voyage to New Holland" by William Dampier
The religious life of the country at the beginning of the nineteenth century was at a low ebb.
"Edward Caldwell Moore" by Edward Moore
I judged it to be low water, by the shore, about ten o'clock; but the ebb ran down till near noon.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume 16" by Robert Kerr

In poetry:

To and fro years flow,
Fill their tides and ebb,
As his fingers go
Weaving to and fro
One unfinished web.
"Christmas Antiphones" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
Peace flows into me
As the tide to the pool by the shore;
It is mine forevermore,
It ebbs not back like the sea.
"Peace" by Sara Teasdale
My Savior, in life's ebb and flow,
In its turmoil, in its glow,
In its triumph, in its woe,
Through its changes guard Thou me.
"My Prayer" by Samuel Alfred Beadle
And the fairy-light is fleeting
From the white sand on the shore;
And the weary ebb is beating
Faint retreat with muffled roar.
"The Last Night" by Ernest Jones
"For passion ebbs and passion flows,
But under every new caress
The riven heart more keenly knows
Its own inviolate faithfulness.
"Yasmini" by Laurence Hope
To the empty beach at ebb tide,
Bare with its rocks and scars,
Come back like the sea with singing,
And light of a million stars.
"Ebb Tide" by Sara Teasdale

In news:

Ebb & Flow Arts launches ambitious musical program.
Groundwater Levels Ebb in Kansas.
As Floods Ebb in South, Mexico Tends to Displaced.
Merck's Vioxx Troubles May Ebb With Ruling Poised to Aid Defense.
Editor's notebook: Ebb and Flow.
Vista Looks Ready to Ship at Ebb Tide of PC Demand.
Jobless claims lower as storm's effects ebb.
The Fred Ebb Foundation in association with the Roundabout Theatre Company presented Sam Willmott with the eighth annual Fred Ebb Award for aspiring musical theatre songwriters Nov 26.
Estonia Ruling Party Support Ebbs to 3-Year Low, ERR Poll Shows.
Ebb and flow of the Great Lakes fishery.
Nigerian actress Ebbe Bassey (Image: Ebbesdream.com).
We will find our hopes here have an ebb and flow.
NANCY, FRANCE — Jean Prouvé was at his lowest ebb.
Composer-lyricist and librettist Douglas J Cohen was presented with the sixth annual Fred Ebb Award for Musical Theatre Songwriting Nov 29 in the Penthouse Lobby of The American Airlines Theater.
The violence began to ebb on Tuesday, but refugees remained along the Kyrgyz border with Uzbekistan.

In science:

For EBB we optimized the parameter θ numerically. D.
Statistical End-to-end Performance Bounds for Networks under Long Memory FBM Cross Traffic
Weibullian decay of the overflow probability for fBm traffic where log ε ∼ −b2−2H compared to the exponential decay for EBB traffic.
Statistical End-to-end Performance Bounds for Networks under Long Memory FBM Cross Traffic
We consider three fundamentally different types of through traffic: (a) constant bit rate (CBR), (b) traffic with exponentially bounded burstiness (EBB) , and (c) fBm with LRD, i.e. slower than exponential burstiness decay.
Statistical End-to-end Performance Bounds for Networks under Long Memory FBM Cross Traffic
For generation of EBB traffic we use the discrete time Markov model introduced in Sect.
Statistical End-to-end Performance Bounds for Networks under Long Memory FBM Cross Traffic
In Fig. 6 we display the violation probability of a delay bound of 1 ms for CBR, EBB, and fBm through traffic at a server with capacity C = 1 Gb/s under fBm cross traffic.
Statistical End-to-end Performance Bounds for Networks under Long Memory FBM Cross Traffic