ebbing


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a gradual decline (in size or strength or power or number)

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He will not come in time; I feel my life fast ebbing.
He was in a light skiff, and being well acquainted with the currents and eddies, had shifted his station, according to the shifting of the tide, from the Hen and Chickens to the Hog's Back, from the Hog's Back to the Pot, and from the Pot to the Frying Pan; but in the eagerness of his sport he did not see that the tide was rapidly ebbing, until the roaring of the whirlpools and eddies warned him of his danger, and he had some difficulty in shooting his skiff from among the rocks and breakers, and getting to the point of Blackwell's Island.
For a time, too, the rapidly ebbing tide threatened to sweep them from their precarious anchorage.
The light was ebbing slowly out of the rotunda and to my bodily eyes she was beginning to grow shadowy.
She called upon her ebbing strength for the final appeal:
I found my patience ebbing and after four or five days of this I told the gardener to stop the flowers.
He was removed, loudly protesting, to the police-station, while the inspector remained upon the premises in the hope that the ebbing tide might afford some fresh clue.
I love to "sit at ease and look down upon the wasps' nest beneath;" to listen to the dull murmur of the human tide ebbing and flowing ceaselessly through the narrow streets and lanes below.
One more frantic effort I made with my fast ebbing strength.
And there I must lie, with the manhood ebbing Out of me, the manhood that I needed so for the night