Meaning of REBOUND in English

I. (ˈ)rē+ verb

Etymology: Middle English rebounden, from Middle French rebondir, from Old French, from re- + bondir to bound — more at bound

intransitive verb


a. : to spring back on collision or impact with another body

a lattice or diffraction grating from which the electrons would rebound — Current Biography

b. : to recover from or react to a setback or frustration

rebounded less quickly from disappointment — Ellen Glasgow

was supposed to fall in love with someone else quickly … but she herself had rebounded differently — G.R.Stewart

2. : to bound back as if upon impact : leap , spring

released from the downward pull, the submerged crustal material would rebound upward — A.E.Benfield

3. : reecho

such a resounding whack that the echoes rebounded from the mountains forty miles away — Darrell Berrigan

transitive verb

1. : to cause to spring back : return

2. : to make resound : reecho


reverberate , recoil , resile , repercuss : rebound indicates a resilient springing, bouncing, or hurtling back after or as if after some collision, impact, or other forcible contact

a ball rebounding from the wall

literature is rebounding again from the scientific-classical pole to the poetic-romantic one — Edmund Wilson

reverberate is used of waves or rays that bound back or are forced back, reflected, or deflected; it is most typically used of sound and suggests loud reechoing

the explosion reverberated between a series of low ridges, sounding like some giant's bowling ball — F.V.W.Mason

its acoustics are magnificent: the merest mumble reverberates like the solemn voice of judgment — Green Peyton

she presents even simple subjects with a perceptiveness that makes them reverberate in the mind — Babette Deutsch

recoil applies to a springing or flying back, commonly in consequence of a release of pressure or stretching, to or against a point of origin, or in retreat, receding, or shrinking in apprehension or revulsion

a spring recoiling to its natural position

military commentators recoiled from the spectacle as if it were two loathsome for remark — S.L.A.Marshall

resile may apply to a resilient but not abrupt drawing back to a former position

the rubber attachments resiling at the normal temperatures

apprehensive about the agreement and trying to resile to his former unattached position

repercuss , now notably less common than the noun repercussion, implies the return of something moving ahead with or as if with great force back to or toward the starting point

sickness produces an abnormally sensitive emotional state in almost everyone, and in many cases the emotional state repercusses, as it were, on the organic disease — F.W.Peabody

II. noun


a. : the action of rebounding : a springing back after impact or the sudden release of pressure : recoil , resilience

the reflection of light was just a rebound of the light particles from an elastic surface — S.F.Mason

the origin of nationalism in Asia was in the nature of a rebound from the European imperialism of the last century — B.R.Sen

b. : an upward leap or movement : recovery

strength in selected issues … ushered in a sharp rebound in prices — J.G.Forrest

2. : something that is reverberated : echo

such rebounds our inward ear catches sometimes from afar — William Wordsworth


a. : a basketball or hockey puck that rebounds (as from a backboard or sideboard)

grabbed the rebound and sank a basket

b. : an instance of securing possession of a rebounding basketball

leads the league in rebounds

4. : an immediate and spontaneous reaction to a setback, frustration, or intellectual or emotional crisis

is also on the rebound , not from ennui but from a dead lover — Time

caught the middle class on the rebound , and received perhaps a million votes which in subsequent elections it failed to hold — Times Literary Supplement

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