Pronunciation Verb

bounce (bounces, present participle bouncing; past and past participle bounced)

  1. (intransitive) To change the direction of motion after hitting an obstacle.
    The tennis ball bounced off the wall before coming to rest in the ditch.
  2. (intransitive) To move quickly up and then down, or vice versa, once or repeatedly.
    He bounces nervously on his chair.
  3. (transitive) To cause to move quickly up and down, or back and forth, once or repeatedly.
    He bounced the child on his knee.
    The children were bouncing a ball against a wall.
  4. (transitive, colloquial) To suggest or introduce (an idea, etc.) to (off or by) somebody, in order to gain feedback.
    I'm meeting Bob later to bounce some ideas off him about the new product range.
  5. (intransitive) To leap or spring suddenly or unceremoniously; to bound.
    She bounced happily into the room.
    • 1731, Jonathan Swift, On Mr. Pulteney's Being Put Out of the Council
      Out bounced the mastiff.
  6. To move rapidly (between).
  7. (intransitive, informal, of a cheque/check) To be refused by a bank because it is drawn on insufficient funds.
    We can’t accept further checks from you, as your last one bounced.
  8. (transitive, informal) To fail to cover have sufficient funds for (a draft presented against one's account).
    He tends to bounce a check or two toward the end of each month, before his payday.
  9. (intransitive, slang) To leave.
    Let’s wrap this up, I gotta bounce.
  10. (US, slang, dated) To eject violently, as from a room; to discharge unceremoniously, as from employment.
    • 1946, Yachting (volume 80, page 46)
      Nobody took umbrage and bounced me out of the Union for being a pro.
  11. (intransitive, slang, African American Vernacular English) (sometimes employing the preposition with) To have sexual intercourse.
  12. (transitive, air combat) To attack unexpectedly.
    The squadron was bounced north of the town.
  13. (intransitive, electronics) To turn power off and back on; to reset
    See if it helps to bounce the router.
  14. (intransitive, Internet, of an e-mail message or address) To return undelivered.
    What’s your new email address? The old one bounces.
    The girl in the bar told me her address was [email protected], but my mail to that address bounced back to me.
  15. (intransitive, aviation) To land hard and lift off again due to excess momentum.
    The student pilot bounced several times during his landing.
  16. (intransitive, skydiving) To land hard at unsurvivable velocity with fatal results.
    After the mid-air collision, his rig failed and he bounced. BSBD.
  17. (transitive, sound recording) To mix (two or more tracks of a multi-track audio tape recording) and record the result onto a single track, in order to free up tracks for further material to be added.
    Bounce tracks two and three to track four, then record the cowbell on track two.
  18. (slang, dated) To bully; to scold.
  19. (archaic) To strike or thump, so as to rebound, or to make a sudden noise; to knock loudly.
    • 1708, John Partridge, Squire Bickerstaff Detected
      Another bounces as hard as he can knock.
  20. (archaic) To boast; to bluster.
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  1. A change of direction of motion after hitting the ground or an obstacle.
  2. A movement up and then down (or vice versa), once or repeatedly.
  3. An email return with any error.
  4. The sack, licensing.
  5. A bang, boom.
    • 1773, Oliver Goldsmith, She Stoops to Conquer
      I don't value her resentment the bounce of a cracker.
  6. A drink based on brandyCherry bounce.
  7. A heavy, sudden, and often noisy, blow or thump.
    • The bounce burst open the door.
  8. Bluster; brag; untruthful boasting; audacious exaggeration; an impudent lie; a bouncer.
  9. Scyliorhinus canicula, a European dogfish.
  10. A genre of New Orleans music.
  11. (slang, African American Vernacular English) Drugs.
  12. (slang, African American Vernacular English) Swagger.
  13. (slang, African American Vernacular English) A 'good' beat.
  14. (slang, African American Vernacular English) A talent for leaping.
    Them pro-ballers got bounce!
  • (change of direction of motion after hitting an obstacle) rebound
  • (movement up and down) bob, bobbing (repeated), bouncing (repeated)
  • (talent for leaping) ups, mad ups
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