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ebb

a. the flowing back of the tide from high to low water or the period in which this takes place
b. (as modifier): the ebb tide
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The latter could not suppress his emotion, for he felt that this life now in his charge was ebbing away.
If a flood comes, the mountains will have long disappeared beneath the waves, while the birds will still be flying about; and if a single ark floats on the surface of the cataclysm, they will alight upon it, will float with it, will be present with it at the ebbing of the waters; and the new world which emerges from this chaos will behold, on its awakening, the thought of the world which has been submerged soaring above it, winged and living.
During all this time the noble mob was slowly heaving away, leaving at every angle of the counter either a murmur or a menace, as the waves leave foam or scattered seaweed on the sands, when they retire with the ebbing tide.
He saw the forest god or demon rise from the vanquished foe, and placing a foot upon the still quivering carcass, raise his face to the moon and bay out a hideous cry that froze the ebbing blood in the veins of the witch-doctor.
Bits of surf-harried beach clove the worn granite, or whatever the rocks of Cape Farewell may be composed of, and as I followed the ebbing tide down one of these soft stretches, I saw the thing.
She felt her strength ebbing quickly--her strokes now were feeble and futile.
In the meantime the weeks were passing, his money was ebbing low, and there was no money coming in.
Deep down in him somewhere his resolution was weakening and strengthening, ebbing and flowing.