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rebound

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verb re·bound \ˈrē-ˌbau̇nd, ri-ˈ\

Simple Definition of rebound

  • : to bounce back off something after hitting it

  • : to increase or improve after a recent decrease or decline

  • basketball : to catch the ball after a shot has missed going in the basket

Full Definition of rebound

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to spring back on or as if on collision or impact with another body b :  to recover from setback or frustration

  3. 2 :  reecho

  4. 3 :  to gain possession of a rebound in basketball

  5. transitive verb
  6. :  to cause to rebound

re·bound·er play \ˈrē-ˌbau̇n-dər, ri-ˈ\ noun

Examples of rebound

  1. The baseball rebounded off the wall.

  2. She rebounded quickly from the loss.

  3. She is good at both shooting and rebounding.

  4. He rebounded the ball and quickly passed it to a teammate.



Origin of rebound

Middle English, from Anglo-French rebundir, from re- + Old French bondir to bound — more at bound


First Known Use: 14th century


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rebound

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noun re·bound \ˈrē-ˌbau̇nd, ri-ˈ\

Simple Definition of rebound

  • : the act of bouncing back after hitting something

  • : a ball, puck, etc., that bounces back after hitting something

  • basketball : the act of catching the ball after a shot has missed going in the basket

Full Definition of rebound

  1. 1 a :  the action of rebounding :  recoil b :  an upward leap or movement :  recovery <a sharp rebound in prices>

  2. 2 a :  a basketball or hockey puck that rebounds b :  the act or an instance of gaining possession of a basketball rebound <leads the league in rebounds>

  3. 3 :  a reaction to setback, frustration, or crisis <on the rebound from an unhappy love affair>

Examples of rebound

  1. He led the league in rebounds last year.



1530

First Known Use of rebound

1530

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REBOUND Defined for Kids

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rebound

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verb re·bound \ˌrē-ˈbau̇nd\

Definition of rebound

re·bound·edre·bound·ing

  1. 1 :  to bounce back after hitting something

  2. 2 :  to get over a disappointment

  3. 3 :  to catch a basketball after a player has thrown it at the basket and has not scored a point




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rebound

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noun re·bound \ˈrē-ˌbau̇nd\

Definition of rebound

  1. 1 :  the action of bouncing back after hitting something

  2. 2 :  an immediate reaction to a loss or disappointment

  3. 3 :  the act of catching a basketball after a player has thrown it at the basket and missed




Medical Dictionary

rebound

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noun re·bound \ˈrē-ˌbau̇nd, ri-ˈ\

Medical Definition of rebound

  1. :  a spontaneous reaction; especially :  a return to a previous state or condition following removal of a stimulus or cessation of treatment <withdrawal of antihypertensive medication may lead to a rebound hypertensive crisis—Emergency Medicine>





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