Definition of "bounce" []

  • To rebound after having struck an object or a surface. (verb-intransitive)
  • To move jerkily; bump: The car bounced over the potholes. (verb-intransitive)
  • To bound: children bouncing into the room. (verb-intransitive)
  • To be sent back by a bank as valueless: a check that bounced. (verb-intransitive)
  • Baseball To hit a ground ball to an infielder: The batter bounced out to the shortstop. (verb-intransitive)
  • (of an elastic object, such as a ball) to rebound from an impact (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To cause (such an object) to hit a solid surface and spring back (verb)
  • To rebound or cause to rebound repeatedly (verb)
  • To move or cause to move suddenly, excitedly, or violently; spring (verb)
  • (of a bank) to send (a cheque) back or (of a cheque) to be sent back unredeemed because of lack of funds in the drawer's account (verb)
  • (of an internet service provider) to send (an email message) back or (of an email message) to be sent back to the sender, for example because the recipient's email account is full (verb)
  • To force (a person) to leave (a place or job); throw out; eject (verb)
  • To hustle (a person) into believing or doing something (verb)
  • The action of rebounding from an impact (noun)
  • A leap; jump; bound (noun)
  • The quality of being able to rebound; springiness (noun)
  • Vitality; vigour; resilience (noun)
  • Swagger or impudence (noun)
  • A temporary increase or rise (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "bounce" in a sentence
  • "So, I think by stressing those, you have what we call a bounce or a pillar failure in there, and that is known to show up on seismographs."
  • "Report Abuse I couldn't tell you why since it's not based on anything but, somehow, I just knew the word "bounce" would be in a headline today."
  • "OIH - I will give this example for a group that has been crushed that could have a short term bounce but severely broken."