Meaning of BOUNCE in English


I. ˈbau̇n(t)s verb

( 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


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


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

II. noun

Date: 1523


a. : a sudden leap or bound

b. : rebound

2. : bluster

3. : verve , liveliness

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.