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The Definition of - ebbing (verb)

    noun
    1.
    the flowing back of the tide as the water returns to the sea (opposed to flood, flow).
    2.
    a flowing backward or away; decline or decay:
    the ebb of a once great nation.
    3.
    a point of decline:
    His fortunes were at a low ebb.
    verb (used without object)
    4.
    to flow back or away, as the water of a tide (opposed to flow).
    5.
    to decline or decay; fade away:
    His life is gradually ebbing.

Word Example of - ebbing

    Example Sentences for ebbing

    "You wished so much to see David," said his daughter to him as his life was ebbing away.

    Although she was only about twenty-nine years of age, her life was ebbing away.

    There was a dull aching in her heart in the voids left by the ebbing of her ecstatic happiness.

    Because her savings were ebbing fast, and she had not yet been able to find employment.

    Nobody resists; town-guards at once ground arms, and there is no soldier visible; soldiers all ebbing away, whitherward we guess.

    The ebbing of the tide, or reflow of the waters, which have been pressed back.

    His vitality seemed to be ebbing and his mind clouding before the problems that began to crowd in upon him.

    For a time, they milled about, wading through the ebbing flood.

    But it must be plain to thee that I am growing weaker; month by month, week by week, my strength is ebbing.

    Their flat-bottomed boats were suitable to shallows and ebbing tides.

Word Origin & History of - ebbing

    Word Origin & History

    ebb O.E. ebba, perhaps from P.Gmc. *abjon, from *ab-, from PIE base *apo- "off, away" (see apo-). Figurative sense of "decline, decay" is c.1400. Related: Ebbed; ebbing.

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