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Meaning of bounce by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • enPR: bouns, IPA: /baʊns/, X-SAMPA: /baUns/
    • Rhymes: -aʊns


    bounce ( third-person singular simple present bounces present participle bouncing, simple past and past participle bounced )

    1. ( intransitive ) To change the direction of motion after hitting an obstacle .
      The tennis ball bounced off the wall before coming to rest in the ditch .
    2. ( intransitive ) To move quickly up and then down, or vice versa, once or repeatedly .
      He bounces nervously on his chair .
    3. ( transitive ) To cause to move quickly up and then down, or vice versa, once or repeatedly .
      He bounced the kid on his knee .
    4. ( intransitive, informal, of a cheque/check ) To be refused by a bank because it is drawn on insufficient funds .
      We can’t accept further checks from you, as your last one bounced .
    5. ( transitive, informal ) To fail to cover ( have sufficient funds for ) ( a draft presented against one's account ) .
      He tends to bounce a check or two toward the end of each month, before his payday .
    6. ( intransitive, slang, African US Vernacular ) To leave .
      Let’s wrap this up, I gotta bounce .
    7. ( intransitive, slang, African US Vernacular ) ( sometimes employing the preposition with ) To have sexual intercourse .
    8. ( transitive, air combat ) To attack unexpectedly .
      The squadron was bounced north of the town .
    9. ( intransitive, electronics ) To turn power off and back on; to reset
      See if it helps to bounce the router .
    10. ( intransitive, Internet, of an e-mail message or address ) To return undelivered .
      What’s your new email addressthe old one bounces .
      The girl in the bar told me her address is thirsty@example.com, but my mail to that address bounced back to me .
    11. ( intransitive, aviation ) To land hard and lift off again due to excess momentum .
      The student pilot bounced several times during his landing .



    bounce ( plural: bounces )

    1. A change of direction of motion after hitting the ground or an obstacle.
    2. A movement up and then down ( or vice versa ), once or repeatedly .
    3. An email return with any error .
    4. The sack, licensing
    5. A bang, boom
    6. A genre of New Orleans music .
    7. ( slang, African US Vernacular ) Drugs .
    8. ( slang, African US Vernacular ) Swagger .
    9. ( slang, African US Vernacular ) A 'good' beat .
    10. ( slang, African US Vernacular ) A talent for leaping .
      Them pro-ballers got bounce!


    Derived terms

Explanation of bounce by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. hit something so that it bounces

    2. bounce a ball
    3. eject from the premises

    4. The ex-boxer's job is to bounce people who want to enter this private club
    5. spring back

    6. The rubber ball bounced
    7. move up and down repeatedly

    8. leap suddenly

    9. He bounced to his feet
    10. refuse to accept and send back

    11. bounce a check
    12. come back after being refused

    13. the check bounced
    1. a light, self-propelled movement upwards or forwards

    2. the quality of a substance that is able to rebound

    3. rebounding from an impact ( or series of impacts )

    Definition of bounce by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Bounce v. i. [imp. & p. p. Bounced ( ); p. pr. & vb. n. Bouncing] [OE. bunsen; cf. D. bonzen to strike, bounce, bons blow, LG. bunsen to knock; all prob. of imitative origin.]

      1. To strike or thump, so as to rebound, or to make a sudden noise; a knock loudly.

      Another bounces as hard as he can knock. Swift.

      Against his bosom bounced his heaving heart. Dryden.

      2. To leap or spring suddenly or unceremoniously; to bound; as, “she bounced into the room”.

      Out bounced the mastiff. Swift.

      Bounced off his arm+chair. Thackeray.

      3. To boast; to talk big; to bluster. [Obs.]

    2. Bounce, v. t.
      1. To drive against anything suddenly and violently; to bump; to thump. Swift.

      2. To cause to bound or rebound; sometimes, to toss.

      3. To eject violently, as from a room; to discharge unceremoniously, as from employment. [Collog. U. S.]

      4. To bully; to scold. [Collog.] J. Fletcher.

    3. Bounce n.

      1. A sudden leap or bound; a rebound.

      2. A heavy, sudden, and often noisy, blow or thump.

      The bounce burst open the door. Dryden.

      3. An explosion, or the noise of one. [Obs.]

      4. Bluster; brag; untruthful boasting; audacious exaggeration; an impudent lie; a bouncer. Johnson. De Quincey.

      5. ( Zool. ) A dogfish of Europe ( Scyllium catulus ).

    4. Bounce, adv. With a sudden leap; suddenly.

      This impudent puppy comes bounce in upon me. Bickerstaff.