Ebb and flow
Ebb Ebb, n. [AS. ebba; akin to Fries. ebba, D. eb, ebbe, Dan. & G. ebbe, Sw. ebb, cf. Goth. ibuks backward; prob. akin to E. even.] 1. 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. [1913 Webster]

Thou shoreless flood which in thy ebb and flow Claspest the limits of morality! --Shelley. [1913 Webster]

2. The state or time of passing away; a falling from a better to a worse state; low state or condition; decline; decay. ``Our ebb of life.'' --Roscommon. [1913 Webster]

Painting was then at its lowest ebb. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

{Ebb and flow}, the alternate ebb and flood of the tide; often used figuratively. [1913 Webster]

This alternation between unhealthy activity and depression, this ebb and flow of the industrial. --A. T. Hadley. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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