Meaning of BOUNCE in English



Pronunciation: ' bau ̇ n(t)s

Function: verb

Inflected Form: bounced ; bounc · ing

Etymology: Middle English bounsen

Date: 13th century

transitive verb

1 obsolete : BEAT , BUMP

2 : to cause to rebound or be reflected < bounce a ball> < bounce a light ray off a reflector>

3 a : DISMISS , FIRE b : to expel precipitately from a place c : to eliminate from a competition by defeating <was bounced from the tournament in the first round>

4 : to issue (a check) drawn on an account with insufficient funds

5 : to present (as an idea) to another person to elicit comments or to gain approval ― usually used with off

intransitive verb

1 : to rebound or reflect after striking a surface (as the ground)

2 : to recover from a blow or a defeat quickly ― usually used with back

3 : to be returned by a bank because of insufficient funds in a checking account <his checks bounce >

4 a : to leap suddenly : BOUND b : to walk with springing steps

5 : to hit a baseball so that it hits the ground before it reaches an infielder

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.