from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The receding or outgoing tide; the period between high water and the succeeding low water.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The period between high tide and the next low tide in which the sea is receding.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • The reflux of tide water; the retiring tide; -- opposed to flood tide.


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  • "What made you try the South Channel in ebb tide and an inshore wind?"

    Spice and the Devil's Cave

  • Chilled, she tried to empty her mind of everything but the bittersweet present, synchronising her breathing with his, letting herself float on the ebb tide of passion into quiescence.

    The Rich Man's Royal Mistress


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