Definition of bounce in English:

bounce

Syllabification: bounce
Pronunciation: /bouns
 
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verb

[no object]
  • 1(Of an object, especially a ball) move quickly up, back, or away from a surface after hitting it; rebound (once or repeatedly): the ball bounced off the rim the ball bounced away, and he chased it [with object]: he was bouncing the ball against the wall
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    • When one of the team members missed a shot, the ball bounced off the rim and came straight at her.
    • The ball bounced off the inside of the post, across the goal and was cleared to safety.
    • The ball bounced off his foot into the net.
    Synonyms
    rebound, spring back, ricochet, jounce, carom; reflect
  • 1.1(Of light, sound, or an electronic signal) come into contact with an object or surface and be reflected: short sound waves bounce off even small objects
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    • If the pattern is designed correctly the reflected light will bounce off at an angle that causes it to strike the surface again and to have a second chance to be absorbed.
    • That's when transmitted radio signals bounce off barriers and take multiple paths to get to a receiver, resulting in interference.
    • Radio signals bounce off different pieces of matter - floors, metal, even the air around you - at different angles and speeds.
  • 1.2 (also bounce back) (Of an e-mail) be returned to its sender after failing to reach its destination: I tried to e-mail him, but the message bounced
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    • Last night we got word from a reader that an email had bounced.
    • The non-yahoo e-mail bounced and I received no reply from the yahoo one for two weeks.
    • If the email bounces or is undeliverable, it is placed into the mail queue for later processing.
  • 1.3 (bounce back) Recover well after a setback: he was admired for his ability to bounce back from injury
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    • Each time he bounces back, but each recovery takes its toll on his authority.
    • The players, once able to bounce back from setbacks and adversity, are looking more and more like dead men walking.
    • Any tips for a young reporter on bouncing back from a minor set-back?
    Synonyms
    recover, revive, rally, pick up, be on the mend; perk up, cheer up, brighten up, liven up
    informal buck up
  • 1.4 Baseball Hit a ball that bounces before reaching a fielder: bouncing out with the bases loaded [with object]: bounced a grounder to third
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    • With a runner on third and one out, he bounced a routine grounder to the second baseman.
    • The batter bounced a grounder in the direction of the shortstop.
    • He bounced a routine grounder to Denny Doyle.
  • 2(Of a person) jump repeatedly up and down, typically on something springy: bouncing up and down on the mattress
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    • Rebecca jumped in the air bouncing up and down with excitement.
    • She was jumping around, bouncing from foot to foot.
    • She bounced on the springy seat, playing with the wire puzzle Cinnamon had bought for her.
  • 2.1(Of a thing) move up and down while remaining essentially in the same position: the gangplank bounced under his confident step
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    • The floor vibrated and bounced under my feet.
    • The stadium swayed and bounced under my feet as the crowd stomped up and down.
    • I stuck my key down into the slot, where it bounced up and down, but did nothing to help start the car.
  • 2.2 [with object] Cause (a child) to move lightly up and down on one’s knee as a game: I remember how you used to bounce me on your knee
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    • She was still bouncing her child lightly in an attempt to soothe her.
    • Sitting outside a group of tents closely placed together, she bounced a toddler on her knee.
    • Two of his daughters were there, laughing and carrying small children, and he was bouncing a third child on his knees.
  • 2.3 [often with adverb or preposition phrase showing direction] Move in an energetic or happy manner: Linda bounced in through the open front door
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    • He is bouncing around in a manner ill-befitting one who has recently consumed so much lager.
    • I like the company of other people and, as a performer, I am at my happiest when I'm bouncing around a stage that is very much shared.
    • Jenna stood in the doorway, looking overly happy and practically bouncing across the room to the end of the bed.
    Synonyms
  • 2.4 [often with adverb or preposition phrase showing direction] (Of a vehicle) move jerkily along a bumpy surface: the car bounced down the narrow track
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    • A dilapidated cab bounced along a pitch-black dirt road and we could see in the silhouette, large structures shadowed around us.
    • The truck bounced wildly along the trail and spun out onto the road.
    • Our carriage bounced along that road, and I was sitting across from both of my parents.
  • 3 informal (Of a check) be returned by a bank when there are insufficient funds to meet it: my rent check bounced
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    • So, if your monthly repayment is late or your cheque bounces because you don't have enough in your bank account, you'll be fined £25 or so.
    • He owed money, was in and out of overdraft and cheques had bounced.
    • Unfortunately, they receive a letter about a week later telling them the cheque has bounced.
  • 3.1 [with object] informal Write (a check) on insufficient funds: I’ve never bounced a check
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    • Although I've never bounced a check, I never worried about it either.
    • If every time you bounce a check, it costs $35, it's going to cost you a lot.
    • Two years later, he violated parole again, this time by bouncing a check for $300.
  • 4 [with object] informal Eject (a troublemaker) forcibly from a nightclub or similar establishment.
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    • The bouncer very roughly bounced him out of the saloon.
    • We decided not to tolerate any more and eventually bounced her out.
    • They immediately bounced him out of the club.
  • 4.1chiefly North American Dismiss (someone) from a job: those who put in a dismal performance will be bounced from the tour
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    • He was bounced from the team after testing positive for marijuana.
    • Could it be that another juror is about to be bounced from the case?
    • Maybe the women wanted her to bounce the president out of the White House because he had been disloyal to her.

noun

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  • 1A rebound of a ball or other object: a bad bounce caused the ball to get away from the second baseman
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    • Apart from the fact that we got one or two bad bounces of the ball, there wasn't much between the sides.
    • Sometimes the ball gets 16 bounces before he reconciles himself to the idea of serving with it.
    • The game of wheelchair tennis follows the same rules as able bodied tennis except that a wheelchair player is allowed two bounces of the ball.
  • 1.1The power of rebounding.
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    • They bowled with discipline on a surface lacking in bounce, and fielded with a tigerish resolve to win by eight runs.
    • On a surface a yard slower in pace and lower in bounce than Lord's, he sent down the same old stuff.
    • He could not repeat his Bristol explosiveness, with the slower, variable bounce upsetting his ability to hit cleanly.
  • 2An act of jumping or an instance of being moved up and down: every bounce of the truck brought them into fresh contact a bounce on your knee or a cuddle and pat on the back
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    • Cassie jumped off her stage to land with an intimidating bounce.
    • I jumped on my bed, and landed with a satisfactory bounce, and just lay there - sprawled and tangled in my blankets.
    • Arthur was performed by the perennial Peter Pan of the company, Michael O'Hare, whose steps always have a bounce and energy about them.
    Synonyms
    rebound, reflection, ricochet
  • 2.1A sudden rise in the level of something: economists agree that there could be a bounce in prices next year
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    • ‘I don't think anything we have seen suggests we are going to see a sudden bounce,’ he said.
    • A small bounce in share prices and the picture will look quite different.
    • But what was interesting about the bounce was that it was not accompanied by a rise in the corporate bond market.
  • 2.2Exuberant self-confidence: the bounce was now back in Jenny’s step
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    • And it is not clear that he will be sailing into the summer convention with a great deal of brag and bounce.
    • But there was no bounce and cheerfulness in her voice like there used to be.
    • He was relaxed, enthusiastic, full of bounce.
    Synonyms
  • 2.3Health and body in the hair: use conditioner to help hair regain its bounce
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    • It is the professional who feels the texture, quality and decides a cut that gives balance and bounce to the hair.
    • It includes two products that work together to hydrate and tone your hair, imparting softness and bounce to natural body.
    • She attempted to get her curls to regain their bounce, and she managed to do a good job.

Phrases

bounce an idea off someone

informal Share an idea with another person in order to get feedback on it.
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  • If someone needs to bounce an idea off of someone, another person is able offer honest insight and feedback.
  • This guy also gave me his card and told me to call him if I wanted to bounce an idea off him.
  • It's for people who need that extra ear, are going it alone, or simply need to bounce an idea off a smart group of people.

be bouncing off the walls

North American informal Be full of nervous excitement or agitation.
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  • All night the kids were bouncing off the walls, ecstatically excited about visiting the zoo.
  • If it weren't so early, you'd be bouncing off the walls, and you know it!
  • ‘I'm ecstatic, I haven't stopped talking about it and I'm just bouncing off the walls at the moment,’ said Chris.

Origin

Middle English bunsen 'beat, thump'.

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