AskDefine | Define bounce

Dictionary Definition



1 the quality of a substance that is able to rebound [syn: bounciness]
2 a light springing movement upwards or forwards [syn: leap, leaping, spring, saltation, bound]
3 rebounding from an impact (or series of impacts) [syn: bouncing]


1 spring back; spring away from an impact; "The rubber ball bounced"; "These particles do not resile but they unite after they collide" [syn: resile, take a hop, spring, bound, rebound, recoil, reverberate, ricochet]
2 hit something so that it bounces; "bounce a ball"
3 move up and down repeatedly [syn: jounce]
4 come back after being refused; "the check bounced" [ant: clear]
5 leap suddenly; "He bounced to his feet"
6 refuse to accept and send back; "bounce a check"
7 eject from the premises; "The ex-boxer's job is to bounce people who want to enter this private club"

User Contributed Dictionary



  • , /baʊns/, /baUns/
  • Rhymes: -aʊns


  1. To change the direction of motion after hitting an obstacle.
  2. To move quickly up and then down, or vice versa, once or repeatedly.
  3. To cause to move quickly up and then down, or vice versa, once or repeatedly.
    He bounced the baby on his knee.
  4. intransitive informal Of a cheque/check, to be refused by a bank because it is drawn on insufficient funds.
  5. To leave.
  6. To have sexual intercourse.
  7. transitive air combat To attack unexpectedly.
    The squadron was bounced north of the town.
  8. intransitive electronics To turn power off and back on; to reset
    See if it helps to bounce the router.

Derived terms


change direction of motion after hitting an obstacle
  • Finnish: kimmota
  • French: rebondir
  • German: abprallen
  • Italian: rimbalzare
move quickly up and down
of a cheque/check
cause to move quickly up and down


  1. A change of direction of motion after hitting an obstacle.
  2. A movement up and then down (or vice versa), once or repeatedly.
  3. A genre of New Orleans music.
  4. slang AAVE Drugs.
  5. slang AAVE Swagger.
  6. slang AAVE A 'good' beat.
  7. slang AAVE A talent for leaping.
    Them pro-ballers got bounce!



change of direction of motion after hitting an obstacle
movement up and down

Derived terms

Extensive Definition

  • Deflection, particularly of a solid object striking a surface
In entertainment:
In sports:
  • Bounce (jump), a type of fence in equestrian events
  • Bounce (golf), a term referring to the shape of the head on certain golf clubs
  • Running bounce, a skill in Australian rules football
  • Ball-up, a method of restarting play in Australian rules football
In technology:
  • Bounce (network), a networking term for masking connections, or sometimes a synonym for reset when applied as a verb to a server
  • Contact bounce, a common problem with mechanical switches and relays
In other:

See also

bounce in German: Bounce

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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