Definitions

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  • n. the tide while water is flowing out

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Examples

  • The one immediate relief was the discovery that the British men-of-war had been able to do no more than send a few shots in the direction of the fort at Red Hook and then, in the face of an ebbtide, anchor out of range.

    Washington

  • In those conditions the ebbtide could be unpredictably fierce.

    Hornblower And The Crisis

  • Perhaps a better comparison is that of ripples or gentle waves, as seen following each other on the ebbtide in a still time, on the beach.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 13, No. 79, May, 1864

  • She ran aground and, as there still remained two hours of daylight she was apparently at the mercy of the ironclad, but the pilots were afraid to attempt the channel at ebbtide.

    Chapter III

  • Simone Buonarroti, his father, belonged to an ebbtide branch of the nobility that had lost everything but the memory of great ancestors turned to dust.

    Little Journeys to the Homes of Eminent Painters

  • But this ebbtide of inner life was not regular and incessant, but rather after the fashion of waves which retreat surely indeed, but returning again and again, seem for moments to regain almost more than their past altitude.

    AE in the Irish Theosophist

  • It has its flood-tide and its ebbtide in correspondence to external conditions, either forcing the nation to defend its nationality, or relieving it of the necessity for self-defense.

    Jewish History : an essay in the philosophy of history

  • Charleston had shown a great party in the ebbtide of disintegration, tainted by the spirit of disunion.

    Abraham Lincoln A History

  • At the same time I, being a man and a child of the day, felt some anxiety as to how I should fare among the elves and other children of the night who wake when mortals dream, and find their common life in those wondrous hours that flow noiselessly over the moveless death-like forms of men and women and children, lying strewn and parted beneath the weight of the heavy waves of night, which flow on and beat them down, and hold them drowned and senseless, until the ebbtide comes, and the waves sink away, back into the ocean of the dark.

    Phantastes: A Faerie Romance for Men and Women

  • a seafarin 'man, that 's dyin' to home, will allers die on the ebbtide?

    Eli First published in the "Century Magazine"

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