ebb

n.

  1. The European bunting.
  2. 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.
  3. The state or time of passing away; a falling from a better to a worse state; low state or condition; decline; decay.

v. i.

  1. To flow back; to return, as the water of a tide toward the ocean; -- opposed to flow.
  2. To return or fall back from a better to a worse state; to decline; to decay; to recede.

v. t.

  1. To cause to flow back.

a.

  1. Receding; going out; falling; shallow; low.