Meaning of BOUNCE in English

BOUNCE

/ baʊns; NAmE / verb , noun

■ verb

MOVE OFF SURFACE

1.

if sth bounces or you bounce it, it moves quickly away from a surface it has just hit or you make it do this :

[ v ]

The ball bounced twice before he could reach it.

Short sound waves bounce off even small objects.

The light bounced off the river and dazzled her.

[ vn ]

She bounced the ball against the wall.

MOVE UP AND DOWN noun

2.

[ v ] ( of a person ) to jump up and down on sth :

She bounced up and down excitedly on the bed.

3.

[ vn ] to move a child up and down while he or she is sitting on your knee in order to entertain him or her

4.

to move up and down; to move sth up and down :

[ v ]

Her hair bounced as she walked.

[also vn ]

5.

[ v + adv. / prep. ] to move up and down in a particular direction :

The bus bounced down the hill.

MOVE WITH ENERGY

6.

[ v + adv. / prep. ] ( of a person ) to move somewhere in a lively and cheerful way :

He bounced across the room to greet them.

CHEQUE

7.

[ v , vn ] ( informal ) if a cheque bounces , or a bank bounces it, the bank refuses to accept it because there is not enough money in the account

IDEAS

8.

[ vn ] bounce ideas (off sb) / (around) to tell sb your ideas in order to find out what they think about them :

He bounced ideas off colleagues everywhere he went.

COMPUTING

9.

[ v , vn ] bounce (sth) (back) if an email bounces or the system bounces it, it returns to the person who sent it because the system cannot deliver it

MAKE SB LEAVE

10.

[ vn ] ( informal , especially NAmE ) bounce sb (from sth) to force sb to leave a job, team, place, etc. :

He was soon bounced from the post.

IDIOMS

- be bouncing off the walls

PHRASAL VERBS

- bounce back

- bounce sb into sth

■ noun

MOVEMENT

1.

[ C ] the action of bouncing :

one bounce of the ball

( NAmE )

a bounce (= increase) in popularity

2.

[ U ] the ability to bounce or to make sth bounce :

There's not much bounce left in these balls.

Players complained about the uneven bounce of the tennis court.

ENERGY

3.

[ U , C ] the energy that a person has :

All her old bounce was back.

There was a bounce to his step.

OF HAIR

4.

[ U ] the quality in a person's hair that shows that it is in good condition and means that it does not lie flat :

thin fine hair, lacking in bounce

IDIOMS

- on the bounce

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WORD ORIGIN

Middle English bunsen beat, thump , perhaps imitative, or from Low German bunsen beat, Dutch bons a thump.

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