[ verb ri-bound, ree-bound; noun ree-bound, ri-bound ]
See synonyms for: reboundreboundedrebounding on

verb (used without object)
  1. to bound or spring back from force of impact.

  2. to recover, as from ill health or discouragement.

  1. Basketball. to gain hold of rebounds: a forward who rebounds well off the offensive board.

verb (used with object)
  1. to cause to bound back; cast back.

  2. Basketball. to gain hold of (a rebound): The guard rebounded the ball in backcourt.

  1. the act of rebounding; recoil.

  2. Basketball.

    • a ball that bounces off the backboard or the rim of the basket.

    • an instance of gaining hold of such a ball.

  1. Ice Hockey. a puck that bounces off the gear or person of a goalkeeper attempting to make a save.

Idioms about rebound

  1. 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

1300–50; Middle English (v.) <Middle French rebondir, equivalent to Old French re-re- + bondir to bound2

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How to use rebound in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for rebound


verb(rɪˈbaʊnd) (intr)
  1. to spring back, as from a sudden impact

  2. to misfire, esp so as to hurt the perpetrator: the plan rebounded

  1. the act or an instance of rebounding

  2. on the rebound

    • in the act of springing back

    • informal in a state of recovering from rejection, disappointment, etc: he married her on the rebound from an unhappy love affair

Origin of rebound

C14: from Old French rebondir, from re- + bondir to bound ²

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Other Idioms and Phrases with rebound


see on the rebound.

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