Definition of bounce in English:



  • 1[no object, usually with adverbial of direction] (with reference to an object, especially a ball) move quickly up, back, or away from a surface after hitting it.

    ‘the ball bounced away and he chased it’
    [with object] ‘he was bouncing the ball against the wall’
    • ‘As the ball bounced off the wall and headed towards James, time seemed to slow down.’
    • ‘For the last five minutes, they had been bouncing soccer balls from one knee to the other, not letting them touch the ground.’
    • ‘The missed shots bounced off the walls and ricocheted off the ceiling.’
    • ‘The ball bounced off his foot into the net.’
    • ‘The ball just bounced off a defender and there was nothing you can do about it.’
    • ‘The ball bounced off the rim and into the basket as the horn sounded, giving Connecticut its eighth straight tournament title.’
    • ‘He pulled a rubber bouncy ball out of his bucket, and bounced it on the tar street.’
    • ‘His shot bounced off the ground and went over the post.’
    • ‘I kicked my soccer ball into the air and started to bounce it up and down on the heel of my foot.’
    • ‘And the dog skims low over the surface grabbing the ball before it bounces twice, before it travels beyond the second wave.’
    • ‘The cue ball bounced off three cushions and rolled back up the table to nudge the red into the pocket.’
    • ‘He cursed as the ball bounced off the club and rolled into the church car park.’
    • ‘The ball bounced off the inside of the post, across the goal and was cleared to safety.’
    • ‘When one of the team members missed a shot, the ball bounced off the rim and came straight at her.’
    • ‘The ball bounced off the wall, off the floor and back into his hand.’
    • ‘The ball bounced off of one of the poles and shot perfectly into the goal.’
    • ‘The ball bounced off her head and Sam let it fall to the ground.’
    • ‘She shot, but the ball bounced off the rim and came straight back to her.’
    • ‘The ball can be bounced off the four walls which surround the floor of the court.’
    • ‘The ball did not drop enough, however, and bounced off the crossbar.’
    rebound, spring back, bob, recoil, ricochet, jounce
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    1. 1.1(of light, sound, or an electronic signal) come into contact with an object or surface and be reflected back.
      ‘short sound waves bounce off even small objects’
      • ‘Radio waves bounce off things like buildings and hills.’
      • ‘The thunderous sound bounced off the buildings and carried through the afternoon sky.’
      • ‘The lake was shimmering and the fish were attracted by the sunlight bouncing off its surface.’
      • ‘Light travels in straight lines and will bounce off any non-translucent object.’
      • ‘The music seemed to bounce off the walls, echoing the sounds and making them louder, more melodic.’
      • ‘An ultrasound scan uses high-frequency soundwaves, which bounce off solid objects.’
      • ‘When the sound waves bounce off objects in their path, a portion of the signal is reflected back.’
      • ‘‘In a music hall, you want the sound to bounce off the walls so it fills the space,’ he says.’
      • ‘If the pattern is designed correctly the reflected light will bounce off at an angle that causes it to strike the surface again and to have a second chance to be absorbed.’
      • ‘Radio waves then bounce off the bottom of the ionosphere at a higher altitude, giving these waves longer pathways to follow.’
      • ‘Radio signals bounce off different pieces of matter - floors, metal, even the air around you - at different angles and speeds.’
      • ‘In order for ordinary light to be polarized it must either pass through or bounce off a polarizing substance.’
      • ‘The pillars are wrapped in new reflective material which allows light to bounce off the stone and create a natural light in the building.’
      • ‘The animals then listen for how long the echo takes to bounce off an object to determine the distance away from the object.’
      • ‘The echoes of our footsteps bounce off the bare walls of the hollow structure.’
      • ‘Light waves become polarized as they bounce off objects or are pushed and pulled by the magnetic fields of interstellar space.’
      • ‘Sounds were bouncing around the walls, creating an auditory muddle.’
      • ‘On-board instruments from the UK will photograph the way light bounces off the Moon's surface.’
      • ‘That's when transmitted radio signals bounce off barriers and take multiple paths to get to a receiver, resulting in interference.’
      • ‘The video effects are so authentic that people's reflections bounce off the table in the room.’
    2. 1.2(of an email) be returned to its sender after failing to reach its destination.
      ‘I tried to email him, but the message bounced’
      • ‘Just now I'm getting more than my fair share of bounced email.’
      • ‘Your message won't bounce - but nor will it arrive at the intended destination.’
      • ‘Also my Freeserve e-mail account is bouncing e-mails faster than my bank bounces my cheques.’
      • ‘It bounced right back at me because the return address was incorrectly formed and I can't make out how to get it to its destination.’
      • ‘If the email bounces or is undeliverable, it is placed into the mail queue for later processing.’
      • ‘Then their e-mail address started bouncing my messages.’
      • ‘She gave me the email address of someone at Child Advocacy International, but the message bounced.’
      • ‘All subsequent incoming messages would bounce because the allocated storage for my e-mail account was already filled up.’
      • ‘So does this mean that this mean that email won't even bounce anymore?’
      • ‘The non-yahoo e-mail bounced and I received no reply from the yahoo one for two weeks.’
      • ‘I tried to write back, but the email bounced.’
      • ‘After I received this fax, I tried e-mailing the Anonymous Faxer, but the e-mail bounced.’
      • ‘I've been receiving a steady stream of bounced messages, but thankfully no irate emails from those spammed.’
      • ‘Last night we got word from a reader that an email had bounced.’
      • ‘Some servers may send the message to the valid addresses, but the invalid address will alert you to the problem because the message will bounce.’
    3. 1.3Recover well after a setback or problem.
      ‘the savings rate has already started to bounce back and is sure to rise further’
      • ‘The guy showed real character in bouncing back from what could have been a career threatening, drunken escapade.’
      • ‘Tourist attractions and companies in the north west are bouncing back from the brink of bankruptcy a year after the foot and mouth epidemic.’
      • ‘He is capable of bouncing back, compromising and moving on if there's a wrench in his plans.’
      • ‘Hong Kong's sickly economy is bouncing back to good health say employers, workers and consumers.’
      • ‘Each time he bounces back, but each recovery takes its toll on his authority.’
      • ‘The players, once able to bounce back from setbacks and adversity, are looking more and more like dead men walking.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, the Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan says the economy is bouncing back.’
      • ‘Young racer Thomas Duggan has finished the year as a champion after bouncing back from being badly injured in a crash eight months ago.’
      • ‘Consumer confidence is bouncing back from what was arguably some of its worst readings in years.’
      • ‘They will keep bouncing back, but we need the fans now.’
      • ‘His determination has always seen him bounce back from setbacks.’
      • ‘After bouncing back from depression, what was it like to go back to work?’
      • ‘When the currency eventually bounces back, you will recover your losses.’
      • ‘But the miracle tot held on to life, bouncing back from potentially fatal colds, an infection, two blood transfusions and jaundice.’
      • ‘But the little girl has amazed her family and doctors by bouncing back and learning how to walk on her prosthetic legs.’
      • ‘The Celtic tiger may not be roaring as loudly as it was in its heyday but after five years of falling demand for labour, all the indications are that the market is bouncing back.’
      • ‘Life may be vile to you at the moment, but I'm sure we'll all soon see you bouncing back.’
      • ‘But maybe we had gone into the game a little bit complacent, thinking that we had done the hard work after bouncing back on Saturday from a defeat.’
      • ‘He said Irish and European beef industries showed a striking resilience by bouncing back when the going gets tough.’
      • ‘‘Our early indications are that the economy is bouncing back from the foot and mouth epidemic,’ she said.’
      • ‘The majority of farmers are good, honest, hard-working people, and farming is bouncing back.’
      • ‘Any tips for a young reporter on bouncing back from a minor set-back?’
      • ‘If the fishery bounces back we will see our community bounce back.’
      recover, revive, rally, make a comeback, take a turn for the better, pick up, be on the mend, be on the road to recovery
      perk up, cheer up, brighten up, become livelier, take heart, be heartened, liven up, take on a new lease of life
      buck up
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    4. 1.4West Indian [with object]Come into sudden forceful contact with; collide with.
      ‘people cross the road as slowly as possible, as if daring the cars to bounce them’
  • 2[no object, usually with adverbial of direction] Jump repeatedly up and down, typically on something springy.

    ‘Emma was happily bouncing up and down on the mattress’
    • ‘Ten seconds after that I was happily bouncing up and down and tapping my hands on my desk, I was to full of energy to just sit here!’
    • ‘Rebecca jumped in the air bouncing up and down with excitement.’
    • ‘I was bouncing on my bed happily.’
    • ‘They both kick their shoes off and jump on the bed, bouncing around and screaming and yelling for joy.’
    • ‘Helena lightly bounced atop the springy mattress, disrupting the smooth surface of the bedding.’
    • ‘Jesse reached for the phone but Lyssa jumped away, bouncing on top of her bed.’
    • ‘But that was where she wanted to be, so off she went, bouncing along the springy floor-’
    • ‘He bounces happily up and down on his piano stool.’
    • ‘She collapsed in a fit of giggles on his king-sized bed, bouncing slightly on the springs.’
    • ‘She walked over and sat on the bed, bouncing up and down happily.’
    • ‘He'd just had his bath, and was bouncing around happily in nice fresh pyjamas.’
    • ‘He bounced happily when he sat down at his lover's bed.’
    • ‘He bounced on the bed happily.’
    • ‘She was jumping around, bouncing from foot to foot.’
    • ‘As I bounce happily, I imagine that I am really riding my very own horse through the fields looking for the bad guys.’
    • ‘When I finished, I looked up to find the dance group bouncing around in the center of the room.’
    • ‘She bounced on the springy seat, playing with the wire puzzle Cinnamon had bought for her.’
    • ‘Her basket no longer swung jauntily from its place at the crook of her elbow, nor did she bounce gaily on the springy moss beneath her feet.’
    • ‘She looked over at Andy who was bouncing happily in the driver's seat.’
    • ‘Andy was happily bouncing up and down on my legs.’
    bound, leap, jump, spring, bob, hop, skip, trip, gambol, dance, prance, romp, caper, cavort, frisk, frolic, sport
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    1. 2.1Move up and down repeatedly.
      ‘the gangplank bounced under his confident step’
      • ‘The stadium swayed and bounced under my feet as the crowd stomped up and down.’
      • ‘I stuck my key down into the slot, where it bounced up and down, but did nothing to help start the car.’
      • ‘Roarke hurried up to us, making the bridge bounce and shake, making me squeal, and making a certain hand steady my back.’
      • ‘The floor vibrated and bounced under my feet.’
    2. 2.2[with object]Cause (a child) to move lightly up and down on one's knee as a game.
      ‘I remember how you used to bounce me on your knee’
      • ‘Claire has just got Haley changed and is sitting downstairs with Jason on the sofa, Jason is bouncing Haley on his knee and she is laughing.’
      • ‘The baby begins to grow fussy again, so I start bouncing him up and down.’
      • ‘Donny pictured his young father coming home in his Navy dress uniform and bouncing him up and down on his knee and putting him to bed.’
      • ‘Daniel fiddled with his cup and sighed, bouncing his daughter, Grace, on his knee.’
      • ‘I look forward to bouncing my grandbabies on my knee.’
      • ‘The girls were all stormy-faced, even Kei and Suna bounced their babies on their knees a less buoyantly than usual.’
      • ‘Mrs. Blake sat on the bed and bounced the baby up and down.’
      • ‘Police say the dispute started after one man was seen bouncing another man's 12-year-old daughter on his lap.’
      • ‘He bounces a grandchild on his knee.’
      • ‘Carmen bounced her young daughter on her knee, playing a clapping game.’
      • ‘Sitting outside a group of tents closely placed together, she bounced a toddler on her knee.’
      • ‘She sat in the kitchen bouncing Anna in her lap.’
      • ‘The scene changed to a smiling, rosy-cheeked couple who were bouncing a dimply baby on their knees.’
      • ‘Then he sat down, put Amanda on his knee, and bounced her up and down.’
      • ‘She was still bouncing her child lightly in an attempt to soothe her.’
      • ‘To see her bouncing a smiling baby on her knee they look like any other happy family.’
      • ‘You see this old man beaming as he bounces his grandson on his knees, and you think of him 60 years ago as the Wolf, meeting in some farmhouse with the rest of the cell, pistols on the table.’
      • ‘Two of his daughters were there, laughing and carrying small children, and he was bouncing a third child on his knees.’
      • ‘Dad sat down on the bed and bounced Lillie on his knee.’
      • ‘They then posed for the cameras in the courtroom, bouncing their brood of young sons on their knees and kissing their wives at length.’
      • ‘He bounced Sean on his lap several times, laughing and smiling as the baby laughed back.’
      • ‘‘Your papa's coming home,’ she whispered to him for the hundredth time as she bounced him on her knee playfully.’
      • ‘I visited my family, bounced my baby niece on my knee and went to the movies.’
      • ‘‘Then don't let Ryan teach her how to do anything,’ I looked at Ryan bouncing Sydney on his knee.’
      • ‘Claire was bouncing the baby up and down on her knee, and making shushing noises.’
      • ‘Oh, the stories he must tell while bouncing them on his knee.’
      • ‘Your children will grow in a house of suspicion and you will never bounce them upon your knee without wondering if they might one day slip a sword between your ribs!’
    3. 2.3[with adverbial of direction](of a vehicle) move jerkily along a bumpy surface.
      ‘the car bounced down the narrow track’
      • ‘It's a race car bouncing across a surface far rougher than it was designed for.’
      • ‘A dilapidated cab bounced along a pitch-black dirt road and we could see in the silhouette, large structures shadowed around us.’
      • ‘As the bus bounced up to the shelter it occurred to him he'd forgotten to gargle the mouthwash.’
      • ‘She resisted the urge to scream as the car bounced and rattled on the gravel of the farm road.’
      • ‘The legacy that we are going to leave our children and our children's children will be a lunar landscape with off-road vehicles bouncing over the hilltops?’
      • ‘Our carriage bounced along that road, and I was sitting across from both of my parents.’
      • ‘I looked at my bike as the pick up truck bounced down the country road.’
      • ‘Just then, a cloud of dust formed in the distance as an old automobile came bouncing down the road.’
      • ‘A red pick-up truck bounces into the middle of the pitch.’
      • ‘Karen grabbed hold of Benjamin as the wagon bounced over the bumpy road, and the children scooted as close as they could to the front of the wagon.’
      • ‘It bounced along the rocky surface, sending dust flying and making it even harder to see.’
      • ‘I watched the fire consume every piece of my life as the cart slowly bounced away down the rough-cut road until even the smoke was gone from view.’
      • ‘The red automobile bounced down the lane towards the train station.’
      • ‘Again an anonymous pair of guards sat and watched me as the carriage bounced and rattled its way through the streets.’
      • ‘The odd small fishing boat bounces across the surf.’
      • ‘And as the car bounces down the road, he's quick to seize on another metaphor about the road ahead for his country.’
      • ‘The truck bounced wildly along the trail and spun out onto the road.’
      • ‘The carriage bounced down the road, making Darren wonder if he should have waited a little longer after dinner before leaving.’
      • ‘A truck bounced down the washboard road and stopped in a cloud of dust near the house.’
      • ‘With that, the two beaming drivers sped off in their opposite directions - my driver even lifting his hands off the wheel to clap and rub his hands together as the bus bounced down the hill.’
    4. 2.4[with adverbial of direction]Move in a particular direction in an energetic, happy, or enthusiastic manner.
      ‘Linda bounced in through the open front door’
      • ‘She bounced happily into the room, carrying another five rolls of streamers in her arms.’
      • ‘She bounced after him happily.’
      • ‘Mr Black bounced in, skipping like a four-year-old being taken to a party.’
      • ‘Lynden nodded and bounced happily into the kitchen for dinner.’
      • ‘Elaine bounced happily over to a chair and nodded, still yelling Colin's name.’
      • ‘‘I'm going upstairs to talk to Mama,’ announced Alicia, bouncing up with a spring in her step.’
      • ‘Molly led me upstairs, bouncing happily ahead of me, wanting to play.’
      • ‘He is bouncing around in a manner ill-befitting one who has recently consumed so much lager.’
      • ‘Faith bounced over happily to answer it and hugged him tightly.’
      • ‘As I turned, I immediately saw her bouncing happily my way.’
      • ‘Timmy agreed contentedly, bouncing his way up the stairs.’
      • ‘He lives down the road from my lodgings and bounced in unexpectedly during breakfast last week.’
      • ‘Samantha bounced happily over in her black string bikini.’
      • ‘Happily, I bounce over to the screen and plunk myself down.’
      • ‘Cassidy chirped happily as she bounced into the room.’
      • ‘He was bouncing confidently across the floor.’
      • ‘He does seem happy as he bounces around me.’
      • ‘Dave smiled as he watched her bounce happily up to the counter.’
      • ‘Jenna stood in the doorway, looking overly happy and practically bouncing across the room to the end of the bed.’
      • ‘I like the company of other people and, as a performer, I am at my happiest when I'm bouncing around a stage that is very much shared.’
      • ‘Then she started to walk to the exit with Trevor bouncing behind her.’
      bound, leap, jump, spring, bob, hop, skip, trip, gambol, dance, prance, romp, caper, cavort, frisk, frolic, sport
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  • 3informal [no object] (of a cheque) be returned by a bank to the payee when there are not enough funds in the drawer's account to meet it.

    ‘a further two cheques of £160 also bounced’
    • ‘So, if your monthly repayment is late or your cheque bounces because you don't have enough in your bank account, you'll be fined £25 or so.’
    • ‘Remind your client that he doesn't want to issue checks that bounce, because it could be a felony.’
    • ‘Outstanding checks could bounce before the hold is lifted or you could be prevented from withdrawing money from your account.’
    • ‘The cheque bounced and he was eventually forced to sell his business.’
    • ‘You may not know you've been victimized until your mortgage check bounces.’
    • ‘However, when the financial advisor wrote out cheques, they bounced.’
    • ‘He bought six calves at market in Skipton and sold them in York before his cheque bounced.’
    • ‘The bank insists it's doing a service by covering checks and purchases that would otherwise bounce.’
    • ‘Last March, a cheque paid to me from my Royal Bank of Scotland business account for £10,000 bounced.’
    • ‘But what if that same caller is transferring funds because five checks just bounced or his credit card was stolen?’
    • ‘If you write a check that clears while there's still a hold on your paycheck, it will bounce, triggering hefty overdraft fees.’
    • ‘Although he received three checks, all of them bounced in mid-March.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, she lived in constant fear that her own checks might bounce.’
    • ‘He owed money, was in and out of overdraft and cheques had bounced.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, they receive a letter about a week later telling them the cheque has bounced.’
    • ‘It bounced because the bank had processed it through the wrong account.’
    • ‘Incredibly, her bosses only discovered the cupboard was bare when a cheque for $36,000 bounced.’
    • ‘Once you give a cheque to someone then they are within their rights to present it, if the funds are not available the cheque will bounce and you will be charged for that.’
    • ‘Not only could he not access his money, but Citibank also told him any outstanding checks could bounce, potentially tainting his credit.’
    • ‘All the cheques bounced because the burglary victim had cancelled the chequebooks.’
    1. 3.1[with object](of a bank) return a cheque to the payee when there are not enough funds in the drawer's account to meet it.
      ‘the bank bounced the cheque’
      • ‘Two weeks later he got a letter from his bank saying he was past his overdraft limit and a payment to his HSBC credit card had been bounced.’
      • ‘I am writing to thank you for bouncing my check with which I endeavored to pay my plumber last month.’
      • ‘Even if a cheque cleared on a Wednesday, technically a bank could bounce that cheque up to mid-day on Thursday.’
      • ‘Today you're even more stressed because you're overdrawn and have to make a deposit by noon or your bank will bounce your mortgage payment.’
      • ‘Last month the bank bounced a cheque for a very large sum of money - the deposit on a house purchase.’
  • 4informal [with object] Eject (a troublemaker) forcibly from a nightclub or similar establishment.

    • ‘They immediately bounced him out of the club.’
    • ‘The bouncer very roughly bounced him out of the saloon.’
    • ‘We decided not to tolerate any more and eventually bounced her out.’
    1. 4.1North American Dismiss (someone) from a job.
      ‘those who put in a dismal performance will be bounced from the tour’
      • ‘Maybe the women wanted her to bounce the president out of the White House because he had been disloyal to her.’
      • ‘Could it be that another juror is about to be bounced from the case?’
      • ‘His tendency to bounce directors from post-production is infamous.’
      • ‘He was bounced from the team after testing positive for marijuana.’
      • ‘If his district doesn't bounce him out of office in the next election, they truly have lost their minds.’
      expulsion, ejection, ousting, throwing out, drumming out, driving out, banishing, banishment, removal, dislodgement, displacement, clearance
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  • 5British informal [with object] Pressurize (someone) into doing something, typically by presenting them with a fait accompli.

    ‘the government should beware being bounced into any ill-considered foreign gamble’
    • ‘He is reluctant to be bounced into a knee-jerk response.’
    • ‘We have been bounced into having to support something that may not even be around for 80 years.’
    • ‘She would not be bounced into giving her consent to the controversial sports arena in west Dublin.’
    • ‘That does not mean we should be bounced into a referendum.’
    • ‘The government no longer has to be bounced into setting a deadline to switch off the analogue signal.’
    • ‘Clearing can rescue your university hopes but don't be bounced into taking just any place available.’
    • ‘You said you were bounced into going along with his dismissal.’
    • ‘The prime minister, who felt he had been bounced into talks by his cabinet, remained lukewarm throughout.’
    • ‘This has repeatedly been the wrong approach in the past, and it is essential not to be bounced into it again.’
    • ‘It is clearly a move to bounce delegates to that meeting into surrender.’
    • ‘I don't really want to be bounced into choosing an office, and, somehow, this one just didn't seem right for me.’
    • ‘He confirmed he would weigh up his decision in August, declining to be bounced into a snap refusal to cancel the petrol duty increase.’
    • ‘He now tried to bounce the prime minister into an announcement in the budget statement.’
    • ‘She wasn't going to be bounced into collaborating with any cover-up.’
    • ‘The first lesson is to guard against being bounced into signing anything off in the euphoria of the moment.’
    • ‘But the government cannot afford to be seen to be bounced into making a decision by an impatient management.’
    • ‘No-one should be bounced into a decision by people with a vested interest.’
    • ‘He claimed he was bounced into resignation.’
    • ‘I suspect many, like me and my family, went because we cannot stomach the idea that we are being bounced into war for the sake of political expediency.’
    • ‘Why should ordinary shareholders be bounced into selling out on the cheap?’
    coerce, force, compel, pressure, pressurize, badger, pester, hound, harass, nag, harry, urge, goad, prod, spur
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  • 1A rebound of a ball or other object.

    ‘the wicket was causing the occasional erratic bounce’
    • ‘He was unlucky not to get a try, denied by a bad bounce.’
    • ‘Apart from the fact that we got one or two bad bounces of the ball, there wasn't much between the sides.’
    • ‘They went in front after a freak bounce of the ball put it in their opponents net.’
    • ‘The ball took a slight bounce, however, and ended in the corner of the net to the keeper's dismay.’
    • ‘She completely misjudged the bounce of a high ball with the court apparently at her mercy.’
    • ‘The orange ball rebounded off the backboard and gave a few half-hearted bounces on the cement floor before rolling away.’
    • ‘He had to leave the field with a broken nose from a bad bounce.’
    • ‘Caribbean pitches have been criticised recently for having a soft surface and spotty grass cover, creating an uneven bounce of the ball.’
    • ‘The game of wheelchair tennis follows the same rules as able bodied tennis except that a wheelchair player is allowed two bounces of the ball.’
    • ‘His nose was broken nine times trying to field ground balls that took unexpected bounces.’
    • ‘With a lucky bounce, the ball bounces into his path and he shins it wide from about 20 yards.’
    • ‘It was clear both were suffering from a few bad bounces and some rather uneven footholds.’
    • ‘I think it was the bounce of the ball that surprised Martin.’
    • ‘He was expecting the ball to take a bounce before it reached him.’
    • ‘The next ball I went to field took a bad bounce and hit me up on the right shoulder.’
    • ‘Sometimes the ball gets 16 bounces before he reconciles himself to the idea of serving with it.’
    • ‘We have to accept the bad bounces and just hope you don't find deep rough or one of those thick bushes.’
    • ‘The ball took a bounce before he reacted to head it into the net.’
    • ‘The ball rebounded off Henry's back and the bounce deceived both defender and goalkeeper, finding the back of the net in the process.’
    • ‘On line, with good speed and a favourable bounce, the ball eventually disappeared into the hole.’
    1. 1.1[mass noun]The ability of a surface to make a ball rebound in a specified way.
      ‘a pitch of low bounce’
      • ‘They were soon in trouble on a pitch of unpredictable bounce.’
      • ‘On a pitch with lively bounce, he was once again in majestic form, always getting in line and using clever innovation to beat England's shrewd field placings.’
      • ‘He could not repeat his Bristol explosiveness, with the slower, variable bounce upsetting his ability to hit cleanly.’
      • ‘On a surface a yard slower in pace and lower in bounce than Lord's, he sent down the same old stuff.’
      • ‘The tracks in South Africa are fast with a lot of bounce which would favour the pacies.’
      • ‘They bowled with discipline on a surface lacking in bounce, and fielded with a tigerish resolve to win by eight runs.’
      • ‘The bounce tends to get lower and slower at St George's and defending a total is often preferable to chasing.’
      • ‘It implied a pitch of variable bounce on the fourth and fifth day, given the hot conditions.’
      • ‘On a pitch with increasingly uneven bounce and against a lively Hampshire attack, it was just the sort of innings that an opener should play.’
      • ‘The bounce is completely different for a start - the ball bounces lower - the points are much faster and it's more tiring on the legs, as you have to bend them more because of the low bounce.’
      • ‘In all, 14 of the 17 wickets fell from the Pavilion End, on a pitch offering some uneven bounce.’
      • ‘On a pitch with very little bounce the team batted poorly.’
      • ‘He was such a natural batsman and could adapt so easily to the differing bounce in the pitch.’
      • ‘He likes the low bounce and the faster courts and of course he has already proved he can beat some of the best exponents.’
      • ‘A pitch of consistent bounce and enough pace to hurry the ball on to the bat aided confident strokeplay.’
      • ‘He learnt quickly, and kept it on a good length or just short - on a pitch of varying bounce, that was the perfect way to bowl.’
      • ‘In essence, it is a style that suits good English-type pitches, where movement off the pitch is minimal and the bounce comfortable.’
      • ‘The regular pitches have cracked and produced uneven bounce.’
      • ‘Yes, there wasn't a lot of bounce off the wicket and it was really quite hard to bowl on it.’
      • ‘There will be some low bounce, though not much help for the fast bowlers.’
      springiness, spring
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    2. 1.2West Indian A collision.
      • ‘They also learn how to take a bounce without stumbling, since most of their performances are carried out among crowds at the height of jubilation.’
  • 2An act of jumping or of moving up and down jerkily.

    ‘every bounce of the truck brought them into fresh contact’
    • ‘The older Explorer was always a bit sloppy, dealing its driver and passengers plenty of bounce and shake.’
    • ‘For every million photons of light hitting the mirror, only a few are lost with each bounce off this surface.’
    • ‘Not wanting to be left behind I did as I was told, ignoring the dull ache caused with every bounce of my tiring body.’
    • ‘His motions were not nearly as smooth, but the gentle bounce in his gait was soothing as he walked down the hallway to a small bedroom at the end.’
    • ‘The new suspension completely overcomes that old Honda tendency towards bounce on rough surfaces, so the car holds on well on bumpy corners.’
    • ‘She felt some of the strength fade away from her legs, the bounce she tried to inject into her knees feeling slow and sluggish.’
    • ‘Bounce Whilst in the push up position, with flexed abs and straight back, begin to do a light and small bounce of the whole body.’
    • ‘Datran tried to sleep like Shrav but the jolts and bounces of the vehicle made it impossible.’
    • ‘Cassie jumped off her stage to land with an intimidating bounce.’
    • ‘Arthur was performed by the perennial Peter Pan of the company, Michael O'Hare, whose steps always have a bounce and energy about them.’
    • ‘I jumped on my bed, and landed with a satisfactory bounce, and just lay there - sprawled and tangled in my blankets.’
    rebound, reflection, ricochet
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    1. 2.1A sudden rise in the level of something.
      ‘economists agree that there could be a bounce in prices next year’
      • ‘‘I don't think anything we have seen suggests we are going to see a sudden bounce,’ he said.’
      • ‘But any dollar bounce is likely to prove temporary.’
      • ‘But what was interesting about the bounce was that it was not accompanied by a rise in the corporate bond market.’
      • ‘The equity market rose 30% from March last year - a bounce many small investors missed.’
      • ‘A small bounce in share prices and the picture will look quite different.’
    2. 2.2[mass noun]Exuberant self-confidence.
      ‘the bounce was now back in Jenny's step’
      • ‘I walk downstairs with a little more bounce and more confidence than usual.’
      • ‘He was relaxed, enthusiastic, full of bounce.’
      • ‘It's got tremendous bounce and energy and shows her passion for the movies as an art and a business.’
      • ‘Then, with a bounce in her step that matched her head of curls, she came out of her office to announce that she was ready.’
      • ‘He had the same bounce in his step, the same inexhaustible energy and, ironically, the same tendency to laugh at everything I said.’
      • ‘And it is not clear that he will be sailing into the summer convention with a great deal of brag and bounce.’
      • ‘But there was no bounce and cheerfulness in her voice like there used to be.’
      vitality, vigour, energy, vivacity, liveliness, life, animation, sparkle, effervescence, exuberance, verve, spiritedness, spirit, enthusiasm, dynamism, fire, ardour, zeal, push, drive
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    3. 2.3[mass noun]Health and body in a person's hair.
      ‘use conditioner to help hair regain its bounce’
      • ‘From the light bounce in her honey blonde hair to the depths of her big brown eyes she was perfect.’
      • ‘It is the professional who feels the texture, quality and decides a cut that gives balance and bounce to the hair.’
      • ‘This will give the curls a lot of sensual bounce and movement.’
      • ‘My curls were starting to lose their bounce, so I twisted my hair into a messy bun.’
      • ‘It includes two products that work together to hydrate and tone your hair, imparting softness and bounce to natural body.’
      • ‘If you wear your hair up, leave a few wispy bits to soften the chin, or try long loose hair with a bit of bounce below chin level.’
      • ‘It provides lift at the root while adding bounce and elasticity.’
      • ‘Hairstyle is not just applying a few oils or giving some shine and bounce through a shampoo or changing the hair colour.’
      • ‘She attempted to get her curls to regain their bounce, and she managed to do a good job.’


  • be bouncing off the walls

    • informal Be full of nervous excitement or agitation.

      ‘the skiers were bouncing off the walls, they were so tired’
      • ‘‘I'm ecstatic, I haven't stopped talking about it and I'm just bouncing off the walls at the moment,’ said Chris.’
      • ‘Some days she is bouncing off the walls because she took too many pills; the next all she can do is complain because she took too few.’
      • ‘Michelle was practically bouncing off the walls when we won.’
      • ‘We'd get totally hyper, and be bouncing off the walls.’
      • ‘Davy won his baseball game today and he was bouncing off the walls.’
      • ‘When I walked in the door, Becky was bouncing off the walls.’
      • ‘If it weren't so early, you'd be bouncing off the walls, and you know it!’
      • ‘My students were bouncing off the walls by the time I dismissed them for Christmas break on the 17th of December.’
      • ‘I was bouncing off the walls, being very, very energetic.’
      • ‘All night the kids were bouncing off the walls, ecstatically excited about visiting the zoo.’
  • bounce an idea off

    • informal Share an idea with (someone) in order to refine it.

      ‘he thrives on bouncing ideas off other people’
      • ‘There will be people to bounce ideas off of, and ideas from others that can be applied to your business as well.’
      • ‘If you have questions or just want to bounce an idea off us, please give us a call.’
      • ‘Once you step back and ask these questions, it's wise to have a sounding board to bounce ideas off of.’
      • ‘Mentees need someone to bounce ideas off of, to talk about life, to shoot the breeze.’
      • ‘Have you never bounced an idea off a friend to help you refine it?’
      • ‘This guy also gave me his card and told me to call him if I wanted to bounce an idea off him.’
      • ‘It's for people who need that extra ear, are going it alone, or simply need to bounce an idea off a smart group of people.’
      • ‘And when you get back to your workplace, bounce your ideas off of your colleagues.’
      • ‘If someone needs to bounce an idea off of someone, another person is able offer honest insight and feedback.’
      • ‘You have to be so close, bouncing ideas off each other.’
  • on the bounce

    • 1As something rebounds.

      ‘he caught the ball on the bounce’
      • ‘The full back gathered a misplaced clearance kick before chipping the defence and gathering the ball on the bounce to score a great individual try.’
      • ‘A child caught his ball on the bounce and turned with his friends to admire our cars.’
      • ‘The full-back came from nowhere to take the ball on the bounce.’
      • ‘His shot on the bounce from the right side of the box flew over the bar.’
      • ‘He took the ball on the bounce and positively shook off at least three tacklers before finding himself with only the centre to beat and two metres to go.’
      • ‘He hit a shot on the bounce - from 30 yards - but the ball went straight into the arms of the keeper.’
      • ‘Fielding in my usual habitat (the boundary), I even managed to stop the odd ball that came my way, and caught one rather neatly on the bounce.’
      • ‘He ran through to catch the ball on the bounce.’
      • ‘The forward burst through and hitting a lovely half-volley on the bounce.’
      • ‘He hit the ball on the bounce low into the bottom right-hand corner of the net.’
      1. 1.1informal In quick succession.
        ‘it's nice to get four victories on the bounce’
        • ‘We've had three tough games on the bounce but only come away with a point, which just isn't good enough.’
        • ‘We've been striving for that consistency and to win four on the bounce is brilliant.’
        • ‘We know we have to build on the win and put together an unbeaten run of five or six games on the bounce.’
        • ‘Coming off four heavy defeats on the bounce, his charges looked lamentably short on confidence.’
        • ‘He won four frames on the bounce to edge 4-3 ahead.’
        • ‘It's one of those leagues - you can win four on the bounce and go top or you can lose four and go right down - and that's exactly what we've done.’
        • ‘It gave him back-to-back victories in the race and his thirteenth on the bounce.’
        • ‘We'd won six on the bounce before that and had turned our season around, so it was vital that we didn't slip up again.’
        • ‘There would have been more pressure on me if I had come into a team that had won every single game on the bounce.’
        • ‘Things had started to come together the previous season when we won six or seven on the bounce.’


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