Sailor Speak of the Week – Ebb



  • The outgoing flow of the tides.


16th century. From Anglo-Saxon, ebba, via Old English, French, and Middle English.


The classic coming and going of the tides. Of course, commonly used to mean something has gone or dissipated away.


Rogers, J.G. (1985). Origins of Sea Terms. Mystic Seaport.

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