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Definition of ebb noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



the ebb [usually singular]
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  • the period of time when the ocean flows away from the land the ebb tide
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    at a low ebb
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    in a poor state; worse than usual Morale among teachers is at a low ebb.
    the ebb and flow (of something/somebody)
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    the repeated, often regular, movement from one state to another; the repeated change in level, numbers, or amount the ebb and flow of the seasons She sat in silence enjoying the ebb and flow of conversation. He had known her long enough to recognize the ebb and flow of her moods.
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