Meaning of BOUNCE in English


— bounceable , adj. — bounceably , adv.

/bowns/ , v. , bounced, bouncing , n. , adv.


1. to spring back from a surface in a lively manner: The ball bounced off the wall.

2. to strike the ground or other surface, and rebound: The ball bounced once before he caught it.

3. to move or walk in a lively, exuberant, or energetic manner: She bounced into the room.

4. to move along in a lively manner, repeatedly striking the surface below and rebounding: The box bounced down the stairs.

5. to move about or enter or leave noisily or angrily (fol. by around, about, out, out of, into, etc.): He bounced out of the room in a huff.

6. (of a check or the like) to fail to be honored by the bank against which it was drawn, due to lack of sufficient funds.


7. to cause to bound and rebound: to bounce a ball; to bounce a child on one's knee; to bounce a signal off a satellite.

8. to refuse payment on (a check) because of insufficient funds: The bank bounced my rent check.

9. to give (a bad check) as payment: That's the first time anyone bounced a check on me.

10. Slang. to eject, expel, or dismiss summarily or forcibly.

11. bounce back , to recover quickly: After losing the first game of the double-header, the team bounced back to win the second.


12. a bound or rebound: to catch a ball on the first bounce.

13. a sudden spring or leap: In one bounce he was at the door.

14. ability to rebound; resilience: This tennis ball has no more bounce.

15. vitality; energy; liveliness: There is bounce in his step. This soda water has more bounce to it.

16. the fluctuation in magnitude of target echoes on a radarscope.

17. Slang. a dismissal, rejection, or expulsion: He's gotten the bounce from three different jobs.


18. with a bounce; suddenly.

[ 1175-1225; ME buncin, bounsen, var. of bunkin, appar. c. D bonken to thump, belabor, bonzen to knock, bump ]

Syn. 15. animation, vivacity, life, spirit, pep, vigor, zip.

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .