- to bound or spring back from force of impact.
- to recover, as from ill health or discouragement.
- Basketball. to gain hold of rebounds: a forward who rebounds well off the offensive board.
- to cause to bound back; cast back.
- Basketball. to gain hold of (a rebound): The guard rebounded the ball in backcourt.
- the act of rebounding; recoil.
- a ball that bounces off the backboard or the rim of the basket.
- an instance of gaining hold of such a ball.
- Ice Hockey. a puck that bounces off the gear or person of a goalkeeper attempting to make a save.
- on the rebound,
- after bouncing off the ground, a wall, etc.: He hit the ball on the rebound.
- after being rejected by another: She didn't really love him; she married him on the rebound.
Origin of rebound
Related Words for reboundovercome, revive, return, rejuvenate, recuperate, boomerang, recoil, backfire, convalesce, mend, rally, heal
Examples from the Web for rebound
Contemporary Examples of rebound
And maybe—just maybe—voter enthusiasm will rebound as a result.Time is Money: How to Fix Outrageous Political Spending
November 3, 2014
More and more Americans have jobs since the economy started to rebound.The U.S. Is Losing a Generation to Poverty
September 18, 2014
Yet, even when rebound sex can add in the short-term to the heartbreak, it may actually have long-term benefits.
A new study confirms that rebound sex is real (of course), but suggests it may delay a post-breakup recovery.
Rebound sex can be more about distracting your heart than entertaining your body.
Historical Examples of rebound
It had been rebound in yellow calf, and was in a good condition.The Dream
He swept me off my feet, and made me think my heart was caught in the rebound.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
He is ready only on reflection: dangerous only at the rebound.Shelley, Godwin and Their Circle
H. N. Brailsford
It seemed as though all in an instant his heart went back to her in the rebound.Pretty Madcap Dorothy
Laura Jean Libbey
Granice faltered, feeling the rebound of the other's wonder.
- to spring back, as from a sudden impact
- to misfire, esp so as to hurt the perpetratorthe plan rebounded
- the act or an instance of rebounding
- on the rebound
- in the act of springing back
- informalin a state of recovering from rejection, disappointment, etche married her on the rebound from an unhappy love affair
Word Origin for rebound
Word Origin and History for rebound
late 14c., "to spring, leap," also "return to afflict" (early 15c.), from Old French rebondir "leap back, resound; repulse, push back," from re- "back" (see re-) + bondir "leap, bound" (see bound (v.)). Sense of "to spring back from force of impact" is recorded from late 14c. Sports use probably first in tennis; basketball sense is attested from 1914. Related: Rebounded; rebounding.
1520s, in reference to a ball, from rebound (v.). Sense in basketball from 1920 (from 1917 in ice hockey). Meaning "period of reaction or renewed activity after disturbance" is from 1570s.
Idioms and Phrases with rebound
see on the rebound.