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ebb

noun

1 ebb

A gradual decline (in size or strength or power or number).

synonyms: ebbing, wane.

Roget 659: deterioration, debasement; wane, ebb; recession etc. 287; retrogradation etc. 283; decrease etc. 36.    ... show more

Roget 638: consumption, expenditure, exhaustion; dispersion etc. 73; ebb; leakage etc. (exudation) 295; loss etc. 776; ... show more

Roget 36: decrease, diminution; lessening etc. v.; subtraction etc. 38; reduction, abatement, declension; shrinking etc. (contraction.) ... show more



2 ebb

The outward flow of the tide.

synonym: reflux.

Roget 283: regress, regression; retrocession, retrogression, retrograduation, retroaction; reculade; retreat, withdrawal, retirement, remigration; recession etc. (motion from) ... show more

Dutch: eb

verb

1 ebb

Flow back or recede:
— The tides ebbed at noon.

synonyms: ebb away, ebb down, ebb off, ebb out.

Roget 638: spend, expend, use, consume, swallow up, exhaust; impoverish; spill, drain, empty; disperse etc. 73.    cast away, ... show more

Roget 195: become small, become smaller; lessen, decrease etc. 36; grow less, dwindle, shrink, contract, narrow, shrivel, collapse, wither, ... show more

Roget 36: decrease, diminish, lessen; abridge etc. (shorten) 201; shrink etc. (contract) 195; drop off, fall off, tail off; ... show more

Roget 283: recede, regrade, return, revert, retreat, retire; retrograde, retrocede; back out; back down; balk; crawfish [U.S.], crawl [Slang]; withdraw; ... show more

2 ebb

Hem in fish with stakes and nets so as to prevent them from going back into the sea with the ebb.

3 ebb

Fall away or decline.

Dutch: wegebben


adjective

Roget 659: unimproved etc. (improve) etc. 658; deteriorated etc. v.; altered, altered for the worse; injured etc. v.; ... show more

Moby thesaurus: abate, ablate, advance, ascend, back, back up, bate, be eaten away, budge, calm, calm down, catabasis, cease, cessation, change, change place, circle, climb, collapse, comedown ... show more.

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