from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The flowing out and in of the tide.
  • n. A large flowing out and in.
  • v. To alternately ebb and flow.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. the alternate ebb and flood of the tide; often used figuratively.


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  • It is like that invention of a Connecticut man, which utilizes the ebb and flow of the ocean-tides to turn a gristmill.

    Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great

  • It is, indeed, a commonplace to encounter a professor who spends his days in the laborious accumulation of psychological statistics, sticking pins into babies and platting upon a chart the ebb and flow of their yells, and his nights chasing poltergeists and other such celestial fauna over the hurdles of a spiritualist's atelier, or gazing

    Prejudices : first series,

  • Oliver felt the downy brush of her sleeve against his cheek, but he saw nothing except the slow, smokelike ebb and flow of darkness past his eyes.

    Science Fiction Hall of Fame

  • As soon as the Crusaders were assured of the town, the basilica which already in the ebb and flow of the Crusades had undergone several similar transmutations was repurified and rededicated to the Virgin; and the King and army, entering in procession barefoot, heard Mass, and took possession of the place.

    The Memoirs of the Lord of Joinville

  • His act divisions are exactly right; his scènes à faire are magnificently managed; he has got into the thing that rhythmic ebb and flow of emotion which makes for great drama.

    Prejudices : first series,

  • But as the heart is tender, and the passions in these tides ebb and flow ten times in a minute, I instantly bring her back again; and as I do all things in extremes, I place her in the very center of the milky-way —

    The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

  • They succeeded well, always re-investing original capital and profit in another and bigger lot, finally meeting a calamity by the drowning of the whole herd in attempting to cross a swollen stream, Broad River, perhaps at its mouth and perhaps from not knowing of the ebb and flow of the tide, though living within forty miles of the coast.

    The adventures of two Alabama boys,

  • Since that time, a handful of devoted biogeographers have visited intermittently, paying careful attention to the ebb and flow of species.

    The Song of The Dodo

  • The ebb and flow of reformation and counter-reformation have hardly changed the permanent landmarks.

    The Epistles of St. Paul to the Thessalonians, Galatians and Romans: Essays and Dissertations

  • Maybe that worked, or maybe it was just the predictable ebb and flow between two evenly matched players, but with a bogey I won the par-three tentha strange hole with a sort of low levee running diagonally through itand the twelfth with another bogey, then the fifteenth and sixteenth with pars.

    The Italian Summer


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