Bounce is a word for an up and down movement or recovery — like a ball's bounce on the pavement or the stock market's rise after a crash.

Bounce can be a noun or a verb. A basketball player bounces a ball on the floor and it springs back into her hand. Trampolines have a lot of bounce in them; that's why they are fun to jump on. Good dance music makes you want to bounce up and down. The phrase “bounce back” describes how you might recover after a bad situation. Did you slip and suffer a painful bounce on the floor? Some hot chocolate will help you "bounce back."

Definitions of bounce
  1. verb
    spring back; spring away from an impact
    “The rubber ball bounced
    synonyms: bound, rebound, recoil, resile, reverberate, ricochet, spring, take a hop
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    kick, kick back, recoil
    spring back, as from a forceful thrust
    bound off, skip
    bound off one point after another
    rebound after hitting
    type of:
    bound, jump, leap, spring
    move forward by leaps and bounds
  2. verb
    hit something so that it bounces
    bounce a ball”
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    bounce out
    bounce a ball so that it becomes an out
    type of:
    cause to move by striking
  3. verb
    move up and down repeatedly
    synonyms: jounce
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    type of:
    go, locomote, move, travel
    change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically
  4. verb
    leap suddenly
    “He bounced to his feet”
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    type of:
    bound, jump, leap, spring
    move forward by leaps and bounds
  5. noun
    rebounding from an impact (or series of impacts)
    synonyms: bouncing
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    type of:
    backlash, rebound, recoil, repercussion
    a movement back from an impact
  6. noun
    the quality of a substance that is able to rebound
    synonyms: bounciness
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    type of:
    elasticity, snap
    the tendency of a body to return to its original shape after it has been stretched or compressed
  7. noun
    a light, self-propelled movement upwards or forwards
    synonyms: bound, leap, leaping, saltation, spring
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    caper, capriole
    a playful leap or hop
    the act of pouncing
    type of:
    jump, jumping
    the act of jumping; propelling yourself off the ground
  8. verb
    refuse to accept and send back
    bounce a check”
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    type of:
    decline, pass up, refuse, reject, turn down
    refuse to accept
  9. verb
    come back after being refused
    “the check bounced
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    be debited and credited to the proper bank accounts
    type of:
    go or come back to place, condition, or activity where one has been before
  10. verb
    eject from the premises
    “The ex-boxer's job is to bounce people who want to enter this private club”
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    type of:
    boot out, chuck out, eject, exclude, turf out, turn out
    put out or expel from a place
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