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bounce

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verb \ˈbau̇n(t)s\

Definition of bounce

bounced

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bouncing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 obsolete :  beat, bump

  3. 2 :  to cause to rebound or be reflected bounce a ball bounce a light ray off a reflector

  4. 3a :  dismiss, fireb :  to expel precipitately from a placec :  to eliminate from a competition by defeating was bounced from the tournament in the first round

  5. 4 :  to issue (a check) drawn on an account with insufficient funds

  6. 5 :  to present (something, such as an idea) to another person to elicit comments or to gain approval —usually used with off

  7. 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

  8. intransitive verb
  9. 1 :  to rebound or reflect after striking a surface (such as the ground)

  10. 2 :  to recover from a blow or a defeat quickly —usually used with back

  11. 3 :  to be returned by a bank because of insufficient funds in a checking account His checks bounced.

  12. 4a :  to leap suddenly :  boundb :  to walk with springing steps

  13. 5 :  to hit a baseball so that it hits the ground before it reaches an infielder

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. 8 US, informal :  leave, depart Some of Hollywood's finest … reportedly had difficulty getting in and decided to bounce. — Kenya N. Byrd

Examples of bounce in a sentence

  1. He was bouncing a tennis ball against the garage door.

  2. bouncing the ball back and forth

  3. The children love to bounce on the bed.

  4. The winner bounced up and down with delight.

  5. Her curls bounced as she jumped.

  6. He bounced the baby on his knee.

  7. She gave me a check for 20 dollars, but the check bounced, and I never got the money.

  8. He bounced a 100-dollar check at the grocery store.

  9. The store charges a $15 fee for a bounced check.

Origin and Etymology of bounce

Middle English bounsen


First Known Use: 13th century


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bounce

noun

Definition of bounce

  1. 1a :  a sudden leap or boundb :  rebound

  2. 2 :  bluster

  3. 3 :  verve, liveliness

Examples of bounce in a sentence

  1. The ball took a high bounce over the shortstop's head.

  2. He caught the ball on the first bounce.

  3. a basketball that has lost all its bounce

  4. The shampoo promises to give limp hair lots of bounce.

  5. After the debates, she enjoyed a big bounce in the election polls.

1523

First Known Use of bounce

1523



BOUNCE Defined for English Language Learners

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bounce

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verb \ˈbau̇n(t)s\

Definition of bounce for English Language Learners

  • : 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


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bounce

noun

Definition of bounce for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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bounce

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verb \ˈbau̇ns\

Definition of bounce for Students

bounced

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bouncing

  1. 1 :  to spring back or up after hitting a surface The ball bounced into the street.

  2. 2 :  to cause to spring back bounce a ball

  3. 3 :  to jump or move up and down bouncing on a bed Her curls bounced as she walked.

  4. 4 :  to leap suddenly The children bounced out of their seats.


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bounce

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noun

Definition of bounce for Students

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

  2. 2 :  a sudden leap

bouncy

adjective


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