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Mickey Mouse popped out of my mind onto a drawing pad 20 years ago on a train ride from Manhattan to Hollywood at a time when business fortunes of my brother Roy and myself were at lowest ebb and disaster seemed right around the corner.
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Meaning of "ebb" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD EBB

Old English ebba; related to Old Norse efja river bend, Gothic ibuks moving backwards, Old High German ippihōn to roll backwards, Middle Dutch ebbe ebb.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF EBB

ebb  [ɛb] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF EBB

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Ebb is a verb and can also act as a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

The verb is the part of the sentence that is conjugated and expresses action and state of being.

See the conjugation of the verb ebb in English.

WHAT DOES EBB MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Ebb

Ebb is the movement of a tide back toward the sea. Ebb or EBB may also refer to: ▪ EBB, the IATA code for Entebbe International Airport, Uganda ▪ Ebb, or GRAIL A, one of the spacecraft of the Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory...

Definition of ebb in the English dictionary

The definition of ebb in the dictionary is to fall away or decline. Other definition of ebb is the flowing back of the tide from high to low water or the period in which this takes place.

CONJUGATION OF THE VERB TO EBB

PRESENT

Present
I ebb
you ebb
he/she/it ebbs
we ebb
you ebb
they ebb
Present continuous
I am ebbing
you are ebbing
he/she/it is ebbing
we are ebbing
you are ebbing
they are ebbing
Present perfect
I have ebbed
you have ebbed
he/she/it has ebbed
we have ebbed
you have ebbed
they have ebbed
Present perfect continuous
I have been ebbing
you have been ebbing
he/she/it has been ebbing
we have been ebbing
you have been ebbing
they have been ebbing
Present tense is used to refer to circumstances that exist at the present time or over a period that includes the present time. The present perfect refers to past events, although it can be considered to denote primarily the resulting present situation rather than the events themselves.

PAST

Past
I ebbed
you ebbed
he/she/it ebbed
we ebbed
you ebbed
they ebbed
Past continuous
I was ebbing
you were ebbing
he/she/it was ebbing
we were ebbing
you were ebbing
they were ebbing
Past perfect
I had ebbed
you had ebbed
he/she/it had ebbed
we had ebbed
you had ebbed
they had ebbed
Past perfect continuous
I had been ebbing
you had been ebbing
he/she/it had been ebbing
we had been ebbing
you had been ebbing
they had been ebbing
Past tense forms express circumstances existing at some time in the past,

FUTURE

Future
I will ebb
you will ebb
he/she/it will ebb
we will ebb
you will ebb
they will ebb
Future continuous
I will be ebbing
you will be ebbing
he/she/it will be ebbing
we will be ebbing
you will be ebbing
they will be ebbing
Future perfect
I will have ebbed
you will have ebbed
he/she/it will have ebbed
we will have ebbed
you will have ebbed
they will have ebbed
Future perfect continuous
I will have been ebbing
you will have been ebbing
he/she/it will have been ebbing
we will have been ebbing
you will have been ebbing
they will have been ebbing
The future is used to express circumstances that will occur at a later time.

CONDITIONAL

Conditional
I would ebb
you would ebb
he/she/it would ebb
we would ebb
you would ebb
they would ebb
Conditional continuous
I would be ebbing
you would be ebbing
he/she/it would be ebbing
we would be ebbing
you would be ebbing
they would be ebbing
Conditional perfect
I would have ebb
you would have ebb
he/she/it would have ebb
we would have ebb
you would have ebb
they would have ebb
Conditional perfect continuous
I would have been ebbing
you would have been ebbing
he/she/it would have been ebbing
we would have been ebbing
you would have been ebbing
they would have been ebbing
Conditional or "future-in-the-past" tense refers to hypothetical or possible actions.

IMPERATIVE

Imperative
you ebb
we let´s ebb
you ebb
The imperative is used to form commands or requests.
NONFINITE VERB FORMS
Infinitive
to ebb
Past participle
ebbed
Present Participle
ebbing
Infinitive shows the action beyond temporal perspective. The present participle or gerund shows the action during the session. The past participle shows the action after completion.

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE EBB

ebauche
eBayer
ebaying
ebb tide
Ebbinghaus
ebbless
Ebbw Vale
EBCDIC
Ebenezer
Eberhard
Ebert
Ebionism
Ebionitic
Ebionitism
Ebionize
EBITDA
Eblis
Ebola
Ebola virus disease
ebon

WORDS THAT END LIKE EBB

abb
at a low ebb
bb
bibb
Chubb
cobb
jibb
sibb
Webb

Synonyms and antonyms of ebb in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «EBB»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «ebb» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of ebb

Translation of «ebb» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF EBB

Find out the translation of ebb to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of ebb from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «ebb» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

退潮
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

bajar
570 millions of speakers

English

ebb
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

भाटा
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

انحسار
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

отлив
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

baixar
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

ভাটা
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

descendre
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Ebb
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

zurückgehen
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

潮が引く
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

바닷물이 빠지다
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Ebb
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

suy tàn
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

சிறிதளவு மாறுபடும்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

ओहोटी
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

cezir
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

rifluire
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

odpływ
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

відлив
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

reflux
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

άμπωτη
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

eb
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

ebb
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

ebb
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of ebb

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «EBB»

The term «ebb» is very widely used and occupies the 11.782 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «EBB» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «ebb» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «ebb» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about ebb

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10 QUOTES WITH «EBB»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word ebb.
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Bruce Barton
Action and reaction, ebb and flow, trial and error, change - this is the rhythm of living. Out of our over-confidence, fear; out of our fear, clearer vision, fresh hope. And out of hope, progress.
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Art Buchwald
Every time you think television has hit its lowest ebb, a new program comes along to make you wonder where you thought the ebb was.
3
Jeffrey Deitch
There is a constant ebb and flow in art historical reputations. The reputation of even the greatest figures like Picasso are in flux.
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Walt Disney
Mickey Mouse popped out of my mind onto a drawing pad 20 years ago on a train ride from Manhattan to Hollywood at a time when business fortunes of my brother Roy and myself were at lowest ebb and disaster seemed right around the corner.
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Carl Hiaasen
One problem with age is that patience begins to ebb.
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Jim Himes
I go out and take oysters, clams and mussels every 2 weeks or so during late fall, winter and early spring. I particularly like to go out when there is a below-average ebb tide because that exposes clamming grounds and oysters that are usually under water.
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Helen Hunt
I know you're always supposed to want more of everything. But in truth, I'm having a nice ebb and flow of being in my daughter's life every day and getting to keep my work life alive. I'm not nominated for ten thousand everythings every minute, but I am acting and telling stories I love.
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Michael Kennedy
It's always been an ebb and flow of interest and energy.
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Michael Koryta
I think if you looked at the kind of ebb and flow of supernatural fiction and horror fiction, it does seem to be more popular in times when we're hammered over the head daily with threats from all angles, very real threats.
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John Lydon
Britain's an island; it's always had a constant ebb and flow of immigration - it makes it a better place.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «EBB»

Discover the use of ebb in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to ebb and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Kander and Ebb
This book, the first study of Kander and Ebb, examines their artistic accomplishments as individuals and as a team. Drawing on personal papers and on numerous interviews, James Leve analyzes the unique nature of this collaboration.
James Leve, 2009
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Aid and Ebb Tide: A History of CIDA and Canadian Development ...
Aid and Ebb Tide: A History of CIDA and Canadian Development Assistance examines Canada’s mixed record since 1950 in transferring over $50 billion in capital and expertise to developing countries through ODA.
David R. Morrison, 1998
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Ebb Tide in New England: Women, Seaports, and Social Change, ...
The status of women in four New England seaports during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries is thoroughly documented in this illuminating work.
Elaine Forman Crane, 1998
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Kosmos, the Eternal Ebb and Flow of Matter and Force ...
The eternal ebb and flow of matter and force yielding life infinite and eternal as to time and space.
James B. Hannay, 1996
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Ebb and Flow: Tides and Life on Our Once and Future Planet
Ebb and Flow was named one of 2007's "best science books" by Peter Calamai, science editor of the Toronto Star [Dec. 30, 2007].
Tom Koppel, 2007
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Ebb Tide: As Seen Through the Diary of Josephine Clay ...
First published in 1958, Ebb Tide tells the story of the Habersham family of Savannah during the Civil War.
Spencer Bidwell King, Josephine Clay Habersham, 2009
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Nutrition Support for the Critically Ill Patient: A Guide to ...
However, this phase may last longer, depending on the severity of trauma and the adequacy of resuscitation. The ebb phase we may equate with prolonged and untreated shock, a circumstance that is more often seen in experimental animals ...
Gail Cresci, 2005
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The Ebb-Tide
Best known for rip-roaring adventure tales such as Kidnapped, Treasure Island, and The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Robert Louis Stevenson penned the novella The Ebb-Tide in collaboration with his stepson, Lloyd Osbourne.
Robert Louis Stevenson, Lloyd Osbourne, 2011
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Rivers Ebb
Jim H. Ainsworth. IThe Marines took Jake Rivers' big brother, marriage took his sister, and God took his little brother. Old age was taking his grandfather; hard times had taken his home. Even Shy, his dog, took up with Bo Creekwater, a man  ...
Jim H. Ainsworth, 2011
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Ebb & Flow
Ebb & Flow is a journey of brokenness and wholeness, a sabbatical of sorts, a glimpse of craziness dashed with an array of solitude.
Arminta Richardson Harris, 2012

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «EBB»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term ebb is used in the context of the following news items.
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In BalletX premiere, ebb and flow of music cede space to dancers …
WHYY arts & culture reporter Peter Crimmins first became interested in radio in the fourth grade, when he hid a homemade, contraband ... «Newsworks.org, Jul 15»
2
Apple Hill 'revues' the Broadway music of Kander and Ebb
The names Kander and Ebb are behind many popular musical creations, easily recognized by anyone who enjoys a good show tune. «Tribune-Review, Jul 15»
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The Ashes: Cook hoping for ebb in Johnson's form
The Ashes: Cook hoping for ebb in Johnson's form. Australia pacer was England's main destroyer in the 2013-14 Ashes Down Under. By AFP. «The Express Tribune, Jul 15»
4
Apple: Deutsche Warns iPhone Good Times to Ebb
Deutsche Bank's Sherri Scribner is the latest Street observer to ratchet up numbers for Apple's (AAPL) iPhone, even though she thinks things ... «Barron's, Jul 15»
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Ship recycling at a low ebb, conference hears
Global: Vessel recycling figures have been declining sharply over recent years, it was confirmed at the Informa Ship Recycling Conference held ... «Recycling International, Jul 15»
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Colombia peace process now at lowest ebb - government
BOGOTA Colombia's peace negotiations with leftist FARC rebels have hit a critical low as the group steps up violent attacks and the ... «Reuters UK, Jul 15»
7
Ebb and flow of gun control
It is beyond contempt that gun control only becomes worthy of public debate following a slaughter like Charleston's Emanuel African Methodist ... «Bismarck Tribune, Jul 15»
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Terrorism Will Ebb As Islam Matures—If We Can Wait That Long
(L) fireworks explode over the Hudson (Photo: Yana Paskova/ Getty Images). (R) Police and private security personel monitor security cameras ... «New York Observer, Jul 15»
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Activity at area lakes at low ebb thanks to high tide
Customers chat with bartender Bailey Fulton, center, next to the damaged pool area at Sneaky Pete's near Lewisville Lake on Tuesday, June ... «Dallas Morning News, Jun 15»
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Hear Kander and Ebb's Final Broadway Score! The Visit Cast Album …
The original Broadway cast album of The Visit, the final musical by the Tony-winning team of Kander and Ebb, is available for digital download June 30. «Playbill.com, Jun 15»

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