bounce

verb
\ ˈbau̇n(t)s How to pronounce bounce (audio) \
bounced; bouncing

Definition of bounce

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 obsolete : beat, bump
2 : to cause to rebound or be reflected bounce a ball bounce a light ray off a reflector
3a : dismiss, fire
b : to expel precipitately from a place
c : to eliminate from a competition by defeating was bounced from the tournament in the first round
4 : to issue (a check) drawn on an account with insufficient funds
5 : to present (something, such as an idea) to another person to elicit comments or to gain approval usually used with off
6 : to return (an e-mail) to the sender with notification of failed delivery Other potential authors proved simply too hard to reach. E-mails got bounced back, and many phone calls never went through.— Clark Boyd

intransitive verb

1 : to rebound or reflect after striking a surface (such as the ground)
2 : to recover from a blow or a defeat quickly usually used with back
3 : to be returned by a bank because of insufficient funds in a checking account His checks bounced.
4a : to leap suddenly : bound
b : to walk with springing steps
5 : to hit a baseball so that it hits the ground before it reaches an infielder
6 of an e-mail : to return to the sender with notification of failed delivery Gonzalez had the wrong addresses for the local executives, and his emails bounced back.— David Wenner
7 : to go quickly and usually repeatedly from one place, situation, job, etc., to another The story bounces from one parallel universe to the next …— Digby Diehl In the past year, he's been the most visible rapper in the world, bouncing around the globe …— Christian Hoard
8 US, informal : leave, depart Some of Hollywood's finest … reportedly had difficulty getting in and decided to bounce.— Kenya N. Byrd

bounce

noun
plural bounces

Definition of bounce (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the act or action of bouncing off the ground or another surface : a rebound off a surface caught the ball on the second bounce … his liner … to right-center took an odd bounce off the wall.— Rob Maaddi
2 : a sudden increase or improvement in rating or value As Gore rode his post-convention bounce, the media started eyeballing Bush for signs of anxiety.— Michelle Cottle
3 : a lively or energetic quality : verve, liveliness full of bounce and enthusiasm still has plenty of bounce in his step
4 : bluster sense 3 In William II the bullying spirit has developed into bounce and swagger…— E. H. C. Oliphant

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Examples of bounce in a Sentence

Verb

He was bouncing a tennis ball against the garage door. bouncing the ball back and forth The children love to bounce on the bed. The winner bounced up and down with delight. Her curls bounced as she jumped. He bounced the baby on his knee. She gave me a check for 20 dollars, but the check bounced, and I never got the money. He bounced a 100-dollar check at the grocery store. The store charges a $15 fee for a bounced check.

Noun

The ball took a high bounce over the shortstop's head. He caught the ball on the first bounce. a basketball that has lost all its bounce The shampoo promises to give limp hair lots of bounce. After the debates, she enjoyed a big bounce in the election polls.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Can the country, as a whole, do a better job of helping former factory towns bounce back? Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "When towns lose a factory, what comes next?," 29 Nov. 2018 Prosecutors pointed to a draft of an op-ed piece for the Kyiv Post, in Microsoft Word, that Manafort and Kilimnik had been bouncing back and forth by email just days before. David Voreacos, Bloomberg.com, "Mueller Plays Hardball With Manafort, Sending a Message to Others," 5 June 2018 And the seventh time in a row that it has been bounced from contention at the same stage. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Mexico's World Cup run was fun – but it was a failure," 2 July 2018 Brazil enter the match having won Group E after bouncing back from a draw in their opening fixture to with their final two group games. SI.com, "World Cup Preview: Brazil vs Mexico - Recent Form, Team News, Predictions & More," 1 July 2018 The plastic casing and its domed tip do a good job of bouncing and projecting bright light through the entirety of the blade. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Hands-on with a $434 replica lightsaber: May the dork be with you," 25 Dec. 2018 The Highlands baseball team has learned how to bounce back from mistakes. James Weber, Cincinnati.com, "Highlands baseball, Drew Rom hold off McCracken in state baseball semifinals," 16 June 2018 Deep side balconies provide enough space for low frequencies to scatter and bounce. Jonathon Keats, Discover Magazine, "Science of Music," 15 June 2018 After a difficult 2017 season, Mt. Hebron bounced back with an 8-6 county record (8-7 overall) this spring. Brent Kennedy, Howard County Times, "Howard County JV spring athletes earn their stripes," 5 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

David Backes needed a lucky bounce to beat Andersen and get Boston on the board. Tyler Horka, SI.com, "Stanley Cup Playoffs Roundup: Toronto Stops Late Surge From Boston to Force Game 6," 21 Apr. 2018 The Washington Capitals needed a lucky bounce to finally get an overtime win in Game 3 in their intense first-round playoff series with the Columbus Blue Jackets. Mitch Stacy, baltimoresun.com, "Capitals beat Blue Jackets, 3-2, in second overtime to cut series deficit to 2-1," 18 Apr. 2018 Pirela also got a lucky bounce – off Brewer – to help him turn a double play in the fourth. Jeff Sanders, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Pirela, Myers homer in loss; Chris Young impressive on mound," 11 Mar. 2018 Woods made four birdies, got a few good bounces and kept a clean card until the last hole Friday for a 3-under 68 that gave him a share of the early lead at the Valspar Championship. Doug Ferguson, Houston Chronicle, "Tiger Woods takes share of early lead at Innisbrook," 9 Mar. 2018 The bounce is a welcome reprieve from talk of a retail apocalypse that flourished after a spate of bankruptcies. Anne D'innocenzio, The Seattle Times, "4 retail trends that have put shoppers in the mood to spend," 3 Sep. 2018 The quarterfinals scheduled for Friday and Saturday will be decided by players, coaches, bounces, posts and referees. Brian Straus, SI.com, "Quarterfinal Stage a Narrative Tipping Point for World Cup Contenders," 5 July 2018 Messi cushioned the ball with his left thigh and without letting it bounce, prodded it into space with his left foot. Thomas Allnutt, chicagotribune.com, "Messi delivers as Argentina scrape through to World Cup's last 16," 26 June 2018 For the city’s Muslim population of around 200,000, among the barbecues, face painting, games, and moon bounces, were outfits that have been planned with exquisite care. Cassie Owens, Philly.com, "Photos: How Philly Muslims 'show up and show out' for Eid," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of bounce

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

1523, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bounce

Verb

Middle English bounsen

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bounce

verb

English Language Learners Definition of bounce

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to cause (a ball, rock, etc.) to hit against a surface and quickly move in a different and usually opposite direction
: to move in one direction, hit a surface (such as a wall or the floor), and then quickly move in a different and usually opposite direction
: to move with a lot of energy and excitement

bounce

noun

English Language Learners Definition of bounce (Entry 2 of 2)

: the act or action of bouncing off the ground or another surface
: the ability to move quickly in a different direction after hitting a surface : the ability to bounce
: a quality that makes a person's hair look healthy, full, and attractive : a bouncy quality

bounce

verb
\ ˈbau̇ns How to pronounce bounce (audio) \
bounced; bouncing

Kids Definition of bounce

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to spring back or up after hitting a surface The ball bounced into the street.
2 : to cause to spring back bounce a ball
3 : to jump or move up and down bouncing on a bed Her curls bounced as she walked.
4 : to leap suddenly The children bounced out of their seats.

bounce

noun

Kids Definition of bounce (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the action of springing back after hitting something
2 : a sudden leap

Other Words from bounce

bouncy adjective

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