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[v. ri-bound, ree-bound; n. ree-bound, ri-bound] /v. rɪˈbaʊnd, ˈriˈbaʊnd; n. ˈriˌbaʊnd, rɪˈbaʊnd/
verb (used without object)
to bound or spring back from force of impact.
to recover, as from ill health or discouragement.
Basketball. to gain hold of rebounds:
a forward who rebounds well off the offensive board.
verb (used with object)
to cause to bound back; cast back.
Basketball. to gain hold of (a rebound):
The guard rebounded the ball in backcourt.
the act of rebounding; recoil.
  1. a ball that bounces off the backboard or the rim of the basket.
  2. an instance of gaining hold of such a ball.
Ice Hockey. a puck that bounces off the gear or person of a goalkeeper attempting to make a save.
on the rebound,
  1. after bouncing off the ground, a wall, etc.:
    He hit the ball on the rebound.
  2. after being rejected by another:
    She didn't really love him; she married him on the rebound.
Origin of rebound
1300-50; Middle English (v.) < Middle French rebondir, equivalent to Old French re- re- + bondir to bound2
Can be confused
rebound, redound, resound. Unabridged
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  • The book has actually been rebound in leather, and the old embroidered sides stuck on.

    English Embroidered Bookbindings Cyril James Humphries Davenport
  • It had been rebound in yellow calf, and was in a good condition.

    The Dream Emile Zola
  • Once you allow the cylinder to rotate, then the rebound block is pushed out of the way, as you can see.

    Warren Commission (3 of 26): Hearings Vol. III (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
  • It seemed as though all in an instant his heart went back to her in the rebound.

    Pretty Madcap Dorothy Laura Jean Libbey
  • You mean that he might be caught on the rebound, and marry some 'dusky bride' or ruddy-cheeked dairymaid?

    Nell, of Shorne Mills Charles Garvice
British Dictionary definitions for rebound


verb (intransitive) (rɪˈbaʊnd)
to spring back, as from a sudden impact
to misfire, esp so as to hurt the perpetrator: the plan rebounded
noun (ˈriːbaʊnd)
the act or an instance of rebounding
on the rebound
  1. in the act of springing back
  2. (informal) in a state of recovering from rejection, disappointment, etc: he married her on the rebound from an unhappy love affair
Word Origin
C14: from Old French rebondir, from re- + bondir to bound²
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Word Origin and History for rebound

late 14c., "to spring, leap," also "return to afflict" (early 15c.), from Old French rebondir "leap back, resound; repulse, push back," from re- "back" (see re-) + bondir "leap, bound" (see bound (v.)). Sense of "to spring back from force of impact" is recorded from late 14c. Sports use probably first in tennis; basketball sense is attested from 1914. Related: Rebounded; rebounding.


1520s, in reference to a ball, from rebound (v.). Sense in basketball from 1920 (from 1917 in ice hockey). Meaning "period of reaction or renewed activity after disturbance" is from 1570s.

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