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bounce

[bouns]
verb (used without object), bounced, bouncing.
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 (followed 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.
verb (used with object), bounced, bouncing.
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.
noun
11.
a bound or rebound: to catch a ball on the first bounce.
12.
a sudden spring or leap: In one bounce he was at the door.
13.
ability to rebound; resilience: This tennis ball has no more bounce.
14.
vitality; energy; liveliness: There is bounce in his step. This soda water has more bounce to it.
15.
the fluctuation in magnitude of target echoes on a radarscope.
16.
Slang. a dismissal, rejection, or expulsion: He's gotten the bounce from three different jobs.
adverb
17.
with a bounce; suddenly.
Verb phrases
18.
bounce back, to recover quickly: After losing the first game of the double-header, the team bounced back to win the second.

Origin:
1175–1225; Middle English buncin, bounsen, variant of bunkin, apparently cognate with Dutch bonken to thump, belabor, bonzen to knock, bump

bounceable, adjective
bounceably, adverb


14. animation, vivacity, life, spirit, pep, vigor, zip.
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bounce (baʊns)
 
vb
1.  (intr) (of an elastic object, such as a ball) to rebound from an impact
2.  (tr) to cause (such an object) to hit a solid surface and spring back
3.  to rebound or cause to rebound repeatedly
4.  to move or cause to move suddenly, excitedly, or violently; spring: she bounced up from her chair
5.  slang (of a bank) to send (a cheque) back or (of a cheque) to be sent back unredeemed because of lack of funds in the drawer's account
6.  (of an internet service provider) to send (an email message) back or (of an email message) to be sent back to the sender, for example because the recipient's email account is full
7.  slang (tr) to force (a person) to leave (a place or job); throw out; eject
8.  (Brit) (tr) to hustle (a person) into believing or doing something
 
n
9.  the action of rebounding from an impact
10.  a leap; jump; bound
11.  the quality of being able to rebound; springiness
12.  informal vitality; vigour; resilience
13.  (Brit) swagger or impudence
14.  informal a temporary increase or rise
15.  Australian rules football the bounce the start of play at the beginning of each quarter or after a goal
16.  informal (US) get the bounce, give the bounce to dismiss or be dismissed from a job
17.  informal on the bounce in succession; one after the other: they have lost nine games on the bounce
 
[C13: probably of imitative origin; compare Low German bunsen to beat, Dutch bonken to thump]

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bounce
early 13c., bounsen "to thump, hit," perhaps from Du. bonzen "to beat, thump," or Low Ger. bunsen, or onomatopoeic; sense probably influenced by bound (v.). Sense of "to bounce like a ball" is from 1510s; the rubber check sense is from 1927. Bouncing "vigorous, big" is from 1570s.

bounce
1520s, "a heavy blow," also "a leap, a rebound" from bounce (v.).
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bounce definition


  1. in.
    [for a check] to be returned from the bank because of insufficient funds. (See also rubber (check).) : The check bounced, and I had to pay a penalty fee.
  2. tv.
    to write a bad check. : He bounced another one, and this time the bank called him up to warn him about what would happen if he did it again.
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