Sailor Speak of the Week – Ebb

Definition

Noun

  • The outgoing flow of the tides.

Origin

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

Comments

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

References

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

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