ebb tide

noun
the reflux of the tide or the tide at ebb; ebb.

Origin:
1830–40

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ebb tide   (ěb)  Pronunciation Key 
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.
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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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Example sentences
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.
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