re·​bound | \ ˈrē-ˌbau̇nd How to pronounce rebound (audio) , ri-ˈbau̇nd\
rebounded; rebounding; rebounds

Definition of rebound

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : to spring back on or as if on collision or impact with another body
b : to recover from setback or frustration
2 : reecho
3 : to gain possession of a rebound in basketball

transitive verb

: to cause to rebound


re·​bound | \ ˈrē-ˌbau̇nd How to pronounce rebound (audio) , ri-ˈbau̇nd\

Definition of rebound (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : the action of rebounding : recoil
b : an upward leap or movement : recovery a sharp rebound in prices
2a : 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 : a reaction to setback, frustration, or crisis on the rebound from an unhappy love affair

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rebounder \ ˈrē-​ˌbau̇n-​dər How to pronounce rebounder (audio) , ri-​ˈbau̇n-​ \ noun

Examples of rebound in a Sentence


The baseball rebounded off the wall. She rebounded quickly from the loss. She is good at both shooting and rebounding. He rebounded the ball and quickly passed it to a teammate.


He led the league in rebounds last year.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

With Thompson physically compromised, and Andre Iguodala physically compromised, and Durant likely still out, McKinnie’s defense and rebounding could be vital. Scott Ostler,, "Warriors turn to G League grads to plug holes," 4 June 2019 But Casse isn’t thinking about that, still grateful War of Will avoided going down in the Derby and was able to rebound and run well in the Preakness. Stephen Whyno, The Seattle Times, "Preakness winner War of Will likely to run in Belmont," 19 May 2019 Almost 20 years later, Keith’s scoring, rebounding and steal totals in his three seasons on varsity rank third, fourth and seventh, respectively. Peter Dawson, star-telegram, "First family of Fort Worth basketball still shining after careers at TCU, Kansas," 12 July 2018 Jokic was named an NBA All-Rookie First Team player in 2016 and posted career-highs in points (18.5), rebounds (10.7) and assists (6.1) last season in Denver. The Heat Index, azcentral, "Paul George gets the NBA free-agency party started," 1 July 2018 Jones, who had been struggling in recent games, stepped it up Wednesday both in scoring, rebounding and with her defense. Christopher Hanna,, "Jones, Ogwumike Help Sun Break Out Early In 101-89 Defeat Of Indiana," 27 June 2018 Bagley became just the third player (Horace Grant, Tim Duncan) to lead the ACC in scoring, rebounding and field-goal percentage. Jason Jones, sacbee, "Kings go big in the draft like no other team. Why Marvin Bagley thinks he's worth it," 21 June 2018 DiVincenzo tied for the top max vertical leap at the combine and consistently used it to rebound in traffic, in addition to his nifty passing and constantly jumping passing lanes. Jeremy Woo,, "Which Players Without Agents Helped or Hurt Their Stock During the NBA Draft Combine?," 18 May 2018 Bridges can also rebound and guard three or maybe even four positions. azcentral, "NBA draft grades: Rave reviews for Phoenix Suns' 2018 NBA draft class?," 25 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Though statistics aren't made public in junior high games, Griffith reportedly averaged over 30 points per game and around seven rebounds, playing all over the floor for Oyler. Scott Springer,, "Incoming Hughes freshman Rayvon Griffith snares 1st college basketball offer from Kent State," 10 June 2019 That’s nothing but extra effort, offensive rebounds. Jeff Metcalfe, azcentral, "Back to the Mercury: Jennifer Gillom on returning as director of player development," 10 June 2019 As a general but not perfect rule, what gets hammered the hardest on the way down rebounds the strongest. Ken Fisher, USA TODAY, "3 reasons real estate is a lousy retirement investment: location, location, location," 9 June 2019 Male forward Cameron Browning, who will play for Belmont, neared a double-double with nine points and a game-high 10 rebounds. Nate Bryan, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky girls hit from long range, rally to beat Indiana in annual all-star game," 7 June 2019 The gains helped pushed the blue-chip index up nearly 1,170 points over the past five days, a major rebound following six straight weeks of losses, with all stocks in the Dow industrials advancing at least 2%. Michael Wursthorn, WSJ, "Stocks Rally After Jobs Data, Closing Strong Week," 7 June 2019 Raptors guard Fred VanVleet was seen bleeding from his eye area after taking an elbow from Warriors guard Shaun Livingston on a rebound attempt. Michael Nowels, The Mercury News, "Raptors’ VanVleet gets stitched up after elbow from Livingston," 7 June 2019 The best play of the quarter for Golden State came when Curry pulled down an offensive rebound and threw a long outlet pass to Quinn Cook for a layup. Scott Cacciola, New York Times, "How the Raptors Won Game 3 of the N.B.A. Finals," 5 June 2019 The Baltimore native also averaged 3.9 rebounds in route to joining Paschall as an all-conference selection. Keith Pompey,, "Villanova standouts Eric Paschall, Phil Booth to showcase skills for Sixers on Saturday," 5 June 2019

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First Known Use of rebound


14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a


1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for rebound


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

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English Language Learners Definition of rebound

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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



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

: 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


re·​bound | \ ˌrē-ˈbau̇nd How to pronounce rebound (audio) \
rebounded; rebounding

Kids Definition of rebound

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to bounce back after hitting something
2 : to get over a disappointment
3 : to catch a basketball after a player has thrown it at the basket and has not scored a point


re·​bound | \ ˈrē-ˌbau̇nd How to pronounce rebound (audio) \

Kids Definition of rebound (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the action of bouncing back after hitting something
2 : an immediate reaction to a loss or disappointment
3 : the act of catching a basketball after a player has thrown it at the basket and missed


re·​bound | \ ˈrē-ˌbau̇nd How to pronounce rebound (audio) , ri-ˈ How to pronounce rebound (audio) \

Medical Definition of rebound

: 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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