Two girls playing on bouncing balls.
- The definition of a bounce is a leap, jump or a spring back.
An example of a bounce is the action a ball takes after you throw it down towards the floor.
- Bounce is defined as to spring back, jump or move suddenly.
An example of bounce is for a ball to come back after hitting a wall.
transitive verbbounced, bounc′ing
- Archaic to bump or thump
- to cause to hit against a surface so as to spring back: to bounce a ball
- Informal to have (a check) returned by one's bank to the payee as worthless because there are insufficient funds in one's account to cover it
- Slang to put (an undesirable person) out by force
- Slang to discharge from employment
Origin of bounceMiddle English bounsen, to thump; uncertain or unknown; perhaps akin to Dutch bonzen and Low German bunsen, to thump, strike
- to spring back from a surface after striking it; rebound
- to move with an up-and-down motion, as from resilience
- to move suddenly; spring; jump: to bounce out of bed
- Informal to be returned to the payee by a bank as worthless because there are insufficient funds in the payer's account to cover it: said of a check
- a bouncing; rebound
- a leap or jump
- capacity for bouncing; resilience: the ball has lost its bounce
- a temporary increase or rise, as in value or popularity: a political candidate's post-convention bounce in the polls
- Brit. impudence; bluster
- energy, zest, etc.
- the ability to regain one's spirit or optimism
verbbounced, bounc·ing, bounc·es
- To rebound after having struck an object or a surface.
- To move jerkily; bump: The car bounced over the potholes.
- To bound: children bouncing into the room.
- To be left unpaid because of an overdrawn account: a check that bounced.
- Computers To be sent back by a mail server as undeliverable: That email bounced because I used “com” instead of “net.”
- Baseball To hit a ground ball to an infielder: The batter bounced out to the shortstop.
- To cause to strike an object or a surface and rebound: bounce a ball on the sidewalk.
- To present or propose for comment or approval. Often used with off: bounced a few ideas off my boss.
- Slang a. To expel by force: bounced him from the bar.b. To dismiss from employment. See Synonyms at dismiss.
- To write (a check) on an overdrawn bank account.
- a. A rebound, as of a ball from the ground.b. A sudden bound or upward movement: The bike went over the rock with a bounce.c. The capacity to rebound; spring: a ball with bounce.d. A sudden increase: got a bounce in the polls.
- Cheerfulness or liveliness: “He had managed to recover much of his bounce and spirit” ( Paul Auster )
- Slang Expulsion; dismissal: was given the bounce from the job.
- a. A fast, energetic style of hip-hop originating in New Orleans and characterized by repetitive, often sexual call-and-response lyrics.b. A style of dance performed to this music characterized by rapid body movements, especially of the gluteal and hamstring muscles in a way that resembles bouncing while keeping the feet on the ground.
- Chiefly British Loud, arrogant speech; bluster.
Origin of bounceProbably from Middle English bounsen to beat
(third-person singular simple present bounces, present participle bouncing, simple past and past participle bounced)
- (intransitive) To change the direction of motion after hitting an obstacle.
- The tennis ball bounced off the wall before coming to rest in the ditch.
- (intransitive) To move quickly up and then down, or vice versa, once or repeatedly.
- He bounces nervously on his chair.
- To cause to move quickly up and then down, or vice versa, once or repeatedly.
- He bounced the child on his knee.
- To leap or spring suddenly or unceremoniously; to bound.
- She bounced into the room.
- (intransitive, informal, of a cheque/check) 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.
- (informal) To fail to cover (have sufficient funds f) (a draft presented against one's account).
- He tends to bounce a check or two toward the end of each month, before his payday.
- (intransitive, slang) To leave.
- Let’s wrap this up, I gotta bounce.
- (US, slang, dated) To eject violently, as from a room; to discharge unceremoniously, as from employment.
- (intransitive, slang, African American Vernacular) (sometimes employing the preposition with) To have sexual intercourse.
- (air combat) To attack unexpectedly.
- The squadron was bounced north of the town.
- (intransitive, electronics) To turn power off and back on; to reset
- See if it helps to bounce the router.
- (intransitive, Internet, of an e-mail message or address) To return undelivered.
- What’s your new email address – the old one bounces.
- The girl in the bar told me her address is email@example.com, but my mail to that address bounced back to me.
- (intransitive, aviation) To land hard and lift off again due to excess momentum.
- The student pilot bounced several times during his landing.
- (slang, dated) To bully; to scold.
- (archaic) To strike or thump, so as to rebound, or to make a sudden noise; to knock loudly.
- (archaic) To boast; to bluster.
- A change of direction of motion after hitting the ground or an obstacle.
- A movement up and then down (vice versa), once or repeatedly.
- An email return with any error.
- The sack, licensing.
- A bang, boom.
- A drink based on brandy.
- A heavy, sudden, and often noisy, blow or thump.
- Bluster; brag; untruthful boasting; audacious exaggeration; an impudent lie; a bouncer.
- Scyllium catulus, a European dogfish.
- A genre of New Orleans music.
- (slang, African American Vernacular) Drugs.
- (slang, African American Vernacular) Swagger.
- (slang, African American Vernacular) A 'good' beat.
- (slang, African American Vernacular) A talent for leaping.
- Them pro-ballers got bounce!
bounce - Computer Definition
bounce - Investment & Finance Definition
- A quick, but moderate, upward rise in a market that had previously traded lower. Also called a dead cat bounce when price gains aren’t expected to last.
- To write a check without having sufficient funds to cover it. A bounced check is one that has been rejected by a bank because there are insufficient funds in the checking account.