ebb ebb  /ˈɛb/


  1. (n) a gradual decline (in size or strength or power or number)
  2. (n) the outward flow of the tide
  3. (v) flow back or recede
  4. (v) hem in fish with stakes and nets so as to prevent them from going back into the sea with the ebb
  5. (v) fall away or decline

Derived Word(s)


  1. He is credited with having saved thoroughbred racing when it was at its lowest ebb in the East, after the repeal of the racing law in New York State.
  2. While Kwan Yin, the goddess of mercy, may watch over Hong Kong, its destiny is tied more directly to the ebb and flow of an earthly asset: its harbor.
  3. There was a low ebb early in 1998 Diana's legacy but even then the monarch's popularity rating dipped no lower than 66%.


  1. Meadow Brook succumbs to 'guilty pleasure' to stage '70, Girls, 70'

    The 1971 musical '70, Girls, 70,' about a group of shoplifting senior citizens in New York City, logged only a month of Broadway performances and rarely has been performed since. It's a footnote in the careers of songwriters John Kander and Fred Ebb, better known for 'Cabaret' and 'Chicago.'
    on June 14, 2013     Source: Detroit Free Press

  2. India's Legendary Telegraph Service Coming To Full Stop

    There once was a time when governments didn't need all the wizardry of a hi-tek intelligence-gathering organization like the National Security Agency or the CIA to keep track of the ebb and flow of international communications.  In ages past, all intelligence-gathering systems had to do was monitor the traffic that hummed over wires, real wires, cables above ground and beneath the surface of the ...
    on June 14, 2013     Source: Forbes

  3. Stocks Deflate as Global Stimulus Hopes Ebb

    NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Major U.S. stock markets dropped Tuesday as investor hopes for an expansion of coordinated global stimulus measures ebbed after the Bank of Japan elected not to implement more government bond purchases. Adding to the uncertainty was sustained ambiguity as to when the Federal Reserve might scale back its easing efforts, and the beginning of the German constitutional court ...
    on June 11, 2013     Source: TheStreet.com


  1. "America is committed and America must stay committed to international development for reasons that remain true, regardless of the ebb and flow of the markets," said President Bush.
    on Oct 21, 2008 By: President Bush Source: Voice of America

  2. "Trust in the TARP is at a very low ebb," said Alan Blinder, an economic adviser to President Bill Clinton and former Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.
    on Jan 26, 2009 By: Alan Blinder Source: International Herald Tribune

  3. Asked if she could survive an early loss, Clinton said, "I can survive setbacks, I've survived a lot of setbacks in my life. I don't see them as anything other than the natural ebb and flow of life and politics."
    on Nov 12, 2007 By: Hillary Rodham Clinton Source: Forbes

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