bounce

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."

Primary Meanings of bounce

1.
vn
spring back; spring away from an impact
rebounding from an impact (or series of impacts)
2.
v
refuse to accept and send back
3.
v
eject from the premises
Full Definitions of bounce
1

v spring back; spring away from an impact

“The rubber ball bounced
Synonyms:
bound, rebound, recoil, resile, reverberate, ricochet, spring, take a hop
Types:
kick, kick back, recoil
spring back, as from a forceful thrust
bound off, skip
bound off one point after another
carom
rebound after hitting
Type of:
bound, jump, leap, spring
move forward by leaps and bounds

v hit something so that it bounces

bounce a ball”
Types:
bounce out
bounce a ball so that it becomes an out
Type of:
hit
cause to move by striking

v move up and down repeatedly

Synonyms:
jounce
Type of:
go, locomote, move, travel
change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically

v leap suddenly

“He bounced to his feet”
Type of:
bound, jump, leap, spring
move forward by leaps and bounds

n rebounding from an impact (or series of impacts)

Synonyms:
bouncing
Type of:
backlash, rebound, recoil, repercussion
a movement back from an impact

n the quality of a substance that is able to rebound

Synonyms:
bounciness
Type of:
elasticity, snap
the tendency of a body to return to its original shape after it has been stretched or compressed

n a light, self-propelled movement upwards or forwards

Synonyms:
bound, leap, leaping, saltation, spring
Types:
caper, capriole
a playful leap or hop
pounce
the act of pouncing
Type of:
jump, jumping
the act of jumping; propelling yourself off the ground
2

v refuse to accept and send back

bounce a check”
Type of:
decline, pass up, refuse, reject, turn down
refuse to accept

v come back after being refused

“the check bounced
Antonyms:
clear
be debited and credited to the proper bank accounts
Type of:
return
go or come back to place, condition, or activity where one has been before
3

v eject from the premises

“The ex-boxer's job is to bounce people who want to enter this private club”
Type of:
boot out, chuck out, eject, exclude, turf out, turn out
put out or expel from a place

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