What does BOUNCE mean?

Definitions for BOUNCE

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bounce, bouncinessnoun

    the quality of a substance that is able to rebound

  2. leap, leaping, spring, saltation, bound, bouncenoun

    a light, self-propelled movement upwards or forwards

  3. bounce, bouncingverb

    rebounding from an impact (or series of impacts)

  4. bounce, resile, take a hop, spring, bound, rebound, recoil, reverberate, ricochetverb

    spring back; spring away from an impact

    "The rubber ball bounced"; "These particles do not resile but they unite after they collide"

  5. bounceverb

    hit something so that it bounces

    "bounce a ball"

  6. bounce, jounceverb

    move up and down repeatedly

  7. bounceverb

    come back after being refused

    "the check bounced"

  8. bounceverb

    leap suddenly

    "He bounced to his feet"

  9. bounceverb

    refuse to accept and send back

    "bounce a check"

  10. bounceverb

    eject from the premises

    "The ex-boxer's job is to bounce people who want to enter this private club"


  1. bouncenoun

    A change of direction of motion after hitting the ground or an obstacle.

  2. bouncenoun

    A movement up and then down (or vice versa), once or repeatedly.

  3. bouncenoun

    An email return with any error.

  4. bouncenoun

    The sack, licensing

  5. bouncenoun

    A bang, boom

  6. bouncenoun

    A genre of New Orleans music.

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  9. bouncenoun

    A 'good' beat.

  10. bounceverb

    To change the direction of motion after hitting an obstacle.

    The tennis ball bounced off the wall before coming to rest in the ditch.

  11. bounceverb

    To move quickly up and then down, or vice versa, once or repeatedly.

    He bounces nervously on his chair.

  12. bounceverb

    To cause to move quickly up and then down, or vice versa, once or repeatedly.

    He bounced the kid on his knee.

  13. bounceverb

    To be refused by a bank because it is drawn on insufficient funds.

    We can't accept further checks from you, as your last one bounced.

  14. bounceverb

    To fail to cover (a draft presented against one's account).

    He tends to bounce a check or two toward the end of each month, before his payday.

  15. bounceverb

    To leave.

    Let's wrap this up, I gotta bounce.

  16. bounceverb

    (sometimes employing the preposition with) To have sexual intercourse.

  17. bounceverb

    To attack unexpectedly.

    The squadron was bounced north of the town.

  18. bounceverb

    To turn power off and back on; to reset

    See if it helps to bounce the router.

  19. bouncenoun

    A talent for leaping.

    Them pro-ballers got bounce!

  20. bounceverb

    To return undelivered.

  21. bounceverb

    To land hard and lift off again due to excess momentum.

    The student pilot bounced several times during his landing.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Bouncenoun

    Etymology: from the verb.

    The bounce burst ope the door; the scornful fair
    Relentless look’d, and saw him beat his quiv’ring feet in air. Dryden.

    What cannoneer begot this lusty blood?
    He speaks plain cannon fire, and smoke, and bounce;
    He gives the bastinado with his tongue. William Shakespeare, K. John.

    Two hazel-nuts I threw into the flame,
    And to each nut I gave a sweetheart’s name;
    This with the loudest bounce me sore amaz’d,
    That in a flame of brightest colour blaz’d. John Gay.

  2. To BOUNCEverb

    Etymology: a word formed, says Stephen Skinner, from the sound.

    The fright awaken’d Arcite with a start,
    Against his bosom bounc’d his heaving heart. Dryden.

    Just as I was putting out my light, another bounces as hard as he can knock. Jonathan Swift, Bickerstaff detected.

    High nonsense is like beer in a bottle, which has, in reality, no strength and spirit, but frets, and flies, and bounces, and imitates the passions of a much nobler liquour. Joseph Addison, Whig Exam.

    Rous’d by the noise,
    And musical clatter,
    They bounce from their nest,
    No longer will tarry. Jonathan Swift.

    Out bounc’d the mastiff of the triple head;
    Away the hare with double swiftness fled. Jonathan Swift.

    Forsooth the bouncing Amazon,
    Your buskin’d mistress, and your warriour love,
    To Theseus must be wedded. William Shakespeare, Midsum. Night’s Dr.


  1. Bounce

    Bounce is a song by American rock band Bon Jovi. It was released as the fourth single from the band's 2002 album of the same name to US Rock Radio only, where it peaked at number 39 on the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart in 2003. It is dedicated to Bill Belichick, the head coach of the New England Patriots, a National Football League team. It was also released as a double A-side with "Misunderstood" in Japan on 18 November 2002.


  1. bounce

    Bounce generally refers to the action of an object, particularly a ball, rebounding after hitting a hard surface or the act of returning back to its original position or condition after a fall or setback. In a broader context, it could also mean a sudden leap or increase in amount or level. The term can be used in different contexts such as sports, email, physics, or even in terms of personal resilience.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bounceverb

    to strike or thump, so as to rebound, or to make a sudden noise; a knock loudly

  2. Bounceverb

    to leap or spring suddenly or unceremoniously; to bound; as, she bounced into the room

  3. Bounceverb

    to boast; to talk big; to bluster

  4. Bounceverb

    to drive against anything suddenly and violently; to bump; to thump

  5. Bounceverb

    to cause to bound or rebound; sometimes, to toss

  6. Bounceverb

    to eject violently, as from a room; to discharge unceremoniously, as from employment

  7. Bounceverb

    to bully; to scold

  8. Bouncenoun

    a sudden leap or bound; a rebound

  9. Bouncenoun

    a heavy, sudden, and often noisy, blow or thump

  10. Bouncenoun

    an explosion, or the noise of one

  11. Bouncenoun

    bluster; brag; untruthful boasting; audacious exaggeration; an impudent lie; a bouncer

  12. Bouncenoun

    a dogfish of Europe (Scyllium catulus)

  13. Bounceadverb

    with a sudden leap; suddenly


  1. Bounce

    "Bounce" was Tarkan's debut English language single. It was released in Turkey, his home nation, on 25 October 2005, before being released in Germany on 24 March 2006.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Bounce

    bowns, v.i. to jump or spring suddenly: to bound like a ball, to throw one's self about: (obs.) to beat: to burst into or out of a room, &c.: to boast, to exaggerate.—n. a heavy, sudden blow: a leap or spring: a boast: a bold lie.—adv. and interj. expressing sudden movement.—n. Bounc′er, one who bounces: something big: a bully: a liar.—adj. Bounc′ing, large and heavy: lusty: swaggering. [Dut. bonzen, to strike, from bons, a blow.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. bounce

    1. [common; perhaps by analogy to a bouncing check] An electronic mail message that is undeliverable and returns an error notification to the sender is said to bounce. See also bounce message. 2. To engage in sexual intercourse; prob.: from the expression ‘bouncing the mattress’, but influenced by Roo's psychosexually loaded “Try bouncing me, Tigger!” from the Winnie-the-Pooh books. Compare boink. 3. To casually reboot a system in order to clear up a transient problem (possibly editing a configuration file in the process, if it is one that is only re-read at boot time). Reported primarily among VMS and Unix users. 4. [VM/CMS programmers] Automatic warm-start of a machine after an error. “I logged on this morning and found it had bounced 7 times during the night” 6. [IBM] To power cycle a peripheral in order to reset it.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. bounce

    The larger dog-fish.

Suggested Resources

  1. bounce

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British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'BOUNCE' in Verbs Frequency: #958

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of BOUNCE in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of BOUNCE in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of BOUNCE in a Sentence

  1. Christine Lagarde:

    But we expect that at the end of 2019 and in 2020 it will bounce back.

  2. General George Patton:

    Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom.

  3. Jasper Lawler:

    Yesterday, higher oil prices, surging commodity stocks and bounce in banking shares prompted an extension of the rally that began on February 12, today though, European markets look to pull back from those gains, alongside a dip in oil as China stocks fall and mining giant BHP Billiton slashes its dividend.

  4. Stuart Cole:

    The moves we’ve seen over the past couple of days have been somewhat extreme - gas prices, oil prices, some of the commodities and the threats of stagflation, you’re at a relative low, and there’s always a chance to bounce up.

  5. Wang Tao:

    The bounce from $38.99 has been almost reversed, signaling a continuation of the downtrend from the $50.92, which may extend below $38.99.

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    closely constrained or constricted or constricting
    A aligned
    B disjointed
    C tight
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