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Definition of Ebb


  1. The European bunting.
  2. The reflux or flowing back of the tide; the return of the tidal wave toward the sea; -- opposed to flood; as, the boats will go out on the ebb.
  3. The state or time of passing away; a falling from a better to a worse state; low state or condition; decline; decay.
  4. To flow back; to return, as the water of a tide toward the ocean; -- opposed to flow.
  5. To return or fall back from a better to a worse state; to decline; to decay; to recede.
  6. To cause to flow back.
  7. Receding; going out; falling; shallow; low.

Ebb Quotations

Mickey Mouse popped out of my mind onto a drawing pad 20 years ago on a train ride from Manhattan to Hollywood at a time when business fortunes of my brother Roy and myself were at lowest ebb and disaster seemed right around the corner.
Walt Disney

Action and reaction, ebb and flow, trial and error, change - this is the rhythm of living. Out of our over-confidence, fear; out of our fear, clearer vision, fresh hope. And out of hope, progress.
Bruce Barton

As in nature, all is ebb and tide, all is wave motion, so it seems that in all branches of industry, alternating currents - electric wave motion - will have the sway.
Nikola Tesla

Europe and Africa share proximity and history, ideas and ideals, trade and technology. You are tied together by the ebb and flow of people. Migration presents policy challenges - but also represents an opportunity to enhance human development, promote decent work, and strengthen collaboration.
Ban Ki-moon

I have a terrific marriage, but unlike a lot of relationships where they ebb and flow, no matter what happens you fall deeper and deeper in love every day. It's kind of the best thing that can happen to you. It's thrilling.
Hugh Jackman
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Ebb Translations

ebb in Dutch is eb-
ebb in French is reflux
ebb in German is Ebbe
ebb in Italian is bassa
ebb in Spanish is menguar
ebb in Swedish is avta, ebb, ebb
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