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ebb tide

the reflux of the tide or the tide at ebb; ebb.
Origin of ebb tide
1830-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • So far the ebb-tide has left but two successful crops to those of us whose kismet has led us hither—crime and science.

    Edge of the Jungle William Beebe
  • It is never taken in nets, but buckets are used at ebb-tide.

  • There would be the ebb-tide for leaving the Douvres; and the flood would carry him into Guernsey.

    Toilers of the Sea Victor Hugo
  • He knew besides such words as "hawser," "bulkhead" and "ebb-tide."

    The Harbor Ernest Poole
  • The ebb-tide will carry it about twelve miles and the flood set it back from seven to nine.

    The Hudson Wallace Bruce
  • Having lost their anchor, they were at the mercy of the ebb-tide.

  • "Because you force me to doubt," she answered, almost patiently, for the ebb-tide of her anger had set in.

    Norston's Rest Ann S. Stephens
  • It was but slow progress with the oars against the ebb-tide.

    Captain Mugford W.H.G. Kingston
  • It was the chill gray of the morning, when every man's spirits and courage are at ebb-tide.

  • The company re-embarked in high spirits, and we had the ebb-tide to return with.

    Jacob Faithful Captain Frederick Marryat
ebb-tide in Science
ebb tide
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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