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ebb tide

noun
1.
the reflux of the tide or the tide at ebb; ebb.
Origin
1830-1840
1830-40
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Examples from the web for ebb tide
  • The turbines convert the energy of the water flowing from the basin during ebb tide into mechanical energy.
  • Perch action has been slightly better at these locations with an ebb tide.
  • In some cases it occurs naturally, as when a school of fish gets stranded on land at ebb tide.
  • On the ebb tide, the current will pull boats into the jetty.
  • All the locals seem to agree that the flood tide is the best time to fish since the ebb tide is much to strong to hold bottom.
  • The best catches occurred on the bottom of the ebb tide.
  • The oil inside the bay will move out during the ebb tide this afternoon and early evening.
  • The ebb tide, in contrast, drains the estuary in stages.
  • Hence, night samples always are taken on the larger ebb tide.
  • ebb tide: a falling tide-the phase of the tide between high water and the succeeding low water.
ebb tide in Science
ebb tide
  (ěb)   
The period between high tide and low tide during which water flows away from the shore. Also called falling tide. Compare flood tide. See more at tide.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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Encyclopedia Article for ebb tide

seaward flow in estuaries or tidal rivers during a tidal phase of lowering water level. The reverse flow, occurring during rising tides, is called the flood tide. See tide.

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