Ebbing



[eb] /ɛb/

noun
1.
the flowing back of the tide as the water returns to the sea (opposed to , ).
2.
a flowing backward or away; decline or decay:
the ebb of a once great nation.
3.
a point of decline:
His fortunes were at a low ebb.
verb (used without object)
4.
to flow back or away, as the water of a tide (opposed to ).
5.
to decline or decay; fade away:
His life is gradually ebbing.
/ɛb/
verb (intransitive)
1.
(of tide water) to flow back or recede Compare flow (sense 9)
2.
to fall away or decline
noun
3.

4.
at a low ebb, in a state or period of weakness, lack of vigour, or decline
n.

Old English ebba “ebb, low tide,” perhaps from Proto-Germanic *abjon (cf. Old Frisian ebba, Old Saxon ebbiunga, Middle Dutch ebbe, Dutch eb, German Ebbe), from *ab-, from PIE root *apo- “off, away” (see apo-). Figurative sense of “decline, decay” is c.1400.
v.

Old English ebbian, from the root of ebb (n.). Related: Ebbed; ebbing.
In addition to the idioms beginning with ebb ebb and flow

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