Meaning of “ebb tide” in the English Dictionary

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"ebb tide" in British English

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ebb tidenoun [ C usually singular ]

uk /ˈeb ˌtaɪd/ us /ˈeb ˌtaɪd/

Examples from literature

  • Consequently we were drifting about on the stream and likely to be swept down by the ebb tide. 
  • It was two hours past midnight and the ebb tide set in. 
  • That evening, with the ebb tide, the ice slackened, and the order was given to steam ahead. 
  • The ebb tide after noon was against us, and the wind being light, we were making no progress. 
  • The ebb tide, however, was beginning to run and helped her across the shoals. 

(Definition of “ebb tide” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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