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Definition decline — typically gradually as with the height of the tide
  • The patient's strength ebbed away.
ebbed = gradually declined
  • The tides ebbed at noon.
  • His mother was a witch; and one so strong
    That could control the moon, make flows and ebbs,
    William Shakespeare  --  The Tempest
  • ebbs = a gradual decline — such as the height of the tide
  • (his violence ebbing away into defeat as quickly as it flooded) You're right.
    Athol Fugard  --  Master Harold...and the Boys
  • ebbing = declining
  • By this time the tide was beginning to ebb, and the ship was swinging round to her anchor.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Treasure Island
  • ebb = gradually fall
  • So long as he walked four miles an hour, he pumped that blood, willy-nilly, to the surface; but now it ebbed away and sank down into the recesses of his body.
    Jack London  --  To Build a Fire
  • ebbed = gradually declined
  • The thunder ebbed.
    Natalie Babbitt  --  Tuck Everlasting
  • ebbed = gradually declined
  • The ship was leaving the frontiers of the Solar System: the energies that powered the Stardrive were ebbing fast, but they had done their work.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood's End
  • Three faces blooming together like flowers on a single stem, names ebbing away from me, a single word: love.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Before I Fall
  • As I walk with Uhmma now, her hand grasped firmly in mine, I can feel the strength that was there in our childhood ebbing away.
    An Na  --  A Step from Heaven
  • The doctor's feeling gradually ebbed away, like nausea put down.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
  • They stand as testament that life is a constant heartbeat, pulsing everywhere at once, and we are but a small part of that eternal ebb and flow.
    Libba Bray  --  Sweet Far Thing
  • The bar had a neon sign that sputtered with each ebb and flow of the unreliable electrical supply.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • The two that remained were weaving from side to side as Sophie's physical strength ebbed.
    Micheal Scott  --  The Alchemyst
  • Communication between worlds was at one of its lowest ebbs.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • The fluctuating contours of the land ebbed and flowed.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • Her fear ebbed as cold fury rushed in.
    Nora Roberts  --  Summer Pleasures
  • His embrace comforts me and the fear ebbs a little.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
  • The creek and I. Flowing, ebbing, receding.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Notebook
  • Or in the massed prayers of all the Jacks who have gone before us, that at our lowest ebb, we are given this.
    Neil Gaiman  --  The Graveyard Book

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