to spring back from a surface in a lively manner: The ball bounced off the wall.
to strike the ground or other surface, and rebound: The ball bounced once before he caught it.
to move or walk in a lively, exuberant, or energetic manner: She bounced into the room.
to move along in a lively manner, repeatedly striking the surface below and rebounding: The box bounced down the stairs.
to move about or enter or leave noisily or angrily (followed by around, about, out, out of, into, etc.): He bounced out of the room in a huff.
(of a check or the like) to fail to be honored by the bank against which it was drawn, due to lack of sufficient funds.
to cause to bound and rebound: to bounce a ball; to bounce a child on one's knee; to bounce a signal off a satellite.
to refuse payment on (a check) because of insufficient funds: The bank bounced my rent check.
to give (a bad check) as payment: That's the first time anyone bounced a check on me.
Slang. to eject, expel, or dismiss summarily or forcibly.
a bound or rebound: to catch a ball on the first bounce.
a sudden spring or leap: In one bounce he was at the door.
ability to rebound; resilience: This tennis ball has no more bounce.
vitality; energy; liveliness: There is bounce in his step. This soda water has more bounce to it.
the fluctuation in magnitude of target echoes on a radarscope.
Slang. a dismissal, rejection, or expulsion: He's gotten the bounce from three different jobs.
with a bounce; suddenly.
bounce back, to recover quickly: After losing the first game of the double-header, the team bounced back to win the second.
- bounce·a·ble, adjective
- bounce·a·bly, adverb
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How to use bounce in a sentence
When the economy is in recession, as we are now, the bounce-back takes, on average, 30 months.The Fed’s bearish outlook puts the global stocks rally on pause | Bernhard Warner | August 20, 2020 | Fortune
When you see a planet, such as Mars or Saturn, you’re really only seeing light from the sun that is bouncing off the planet.
Which is hard to say about an a-list that you might have suspected couldn’t have bounced any higher.
In the Atari game Breakout, for instance, a player guides a paddle to bounce a ball at a ceiling of bricks, trying to break as many as possible.DeepMind’s Newest AI Programs Itself to Make All the Right Decisions | Jason Dorrier | July 26, 2020 | Singularity Hub
Predicting the fourth quarter is even more difficult — in part because a bounce back in the economy is so dependent on Americans’ willingness to resume ordinary life.Economists Think Congress Should Keep Paying Unemployed Workers $600 A Week — Or Even More | Neil Paine (firstname.lastname@example.org) | July 21, 2020 | FiveThirtyEight
The whole idea was to be a stone wall and just let everyone else bounce off us.
The gosling's best chance at surviving the jump is to bounce off the cliff on its soft belly.
Over the next three months, The Big bounce was rejected by eighty-four publishers and film producers.
“We were living month to month on Hurst money, and I was writing The Big bounce,” he says.
In contrast, word that Ebola might be sexually transmitted would likely bounce very differently.
Jack Carlson entered the room a moment later, walking with the energetic bounce of a busy man.
They loved to slide down a bank where one rock jutted out, for then they had a big bounce.Stories the Iroquois Tell Their Children | Mabel Powers
It proved to be a declaration of war, quite formal, but with some variations that really made you bounce.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 25 (of 25) | Robert Louis Stevenson
Fuller says that they were terribly jolted, and seemed to bounce altogether from the track, but lighted on the rails in safety.
W'en Brer Rabbit year 'im comin' he bounce 'roun' in dar same ez a flea in a piller-case, but 't aint do no good.Nights With Uncle Remus | Joel Chandler Harris
British Dictionary definitions for bounce
(intr) (of an elastic object, such as a ball) to rebound from an impact
(tr) to cause (such an object) to hit a solid surface and spring back
to rebound or cause to rebound repeatedly
to move or cause to move suddenly, excitedly, or violently; spring: she bounced up from her chair
slang (of a bank) to send (a cheque) back or (of a cheque) to be sent back unredeemed because of lack of funds in the drawer's account
(of an internet service provider) to send (an email message) back or (of an email message) to be sent back to the sender, for example because the recipient's email account is full
(tr) slang to force (a person) to leave (a place or job); throw out; eject
(tr) British to hustle (a person) into believing or doing something
the action of rebounding from an impact
a leap; jump; bound
the quality of being able to rebound; springiness
informal vitality; vigour; resilience
British swagger or impudence
informal a temporary increase or rise
the bounce Australian rules football the start of play at the beginning of each quarter or after a goal
get the bounce or give the bounce US informal to dismiss or be dismissed from a job
on the bounce informal in succession; one after the other: they have lost nine games on the bounce
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Other Idioms and Phrases with bounce
In addition to the idioms beginning with bounce
- bounce around
- bounce back
- get the ax (bounce)
- more bounce for the ounce
- that's how the ball bounces
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