Definition of bounce in English:

bounce

verb

  • 1no 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’
    • ‘The cue ball bounced off three cushions and rolled back up the table to nudge the red into the pocket.’
    • ‘As the ball bounced off the wall and headed towards James, time seemed to slow down.’
    • ‘The ball bounced off the wall, off the floor and back into his hand.’
    • ‘The ball bounced off his foot into the net.’
    • ‘When one of the team members missed a shot, the ball bounced off the rim and came straight at her.’
    • ‘She shot, but the ball bounced off the rim and came straight back to her.’
    • ‘The ball just bounced off a defender and there was nothing you can do about it.’
    • ‘The ball bounced off her head and Sam let it fall to the ground.’
    • ‘He pulled a rubber bouncy ball out of his bucket, and bounced it on the tar street.’
    • ‘The ball can be bounced off the four walls which surround the floor of the court.’
    • ‘I kicked my soccer ball into the air and started to bounce it up and down on the heel of my foot.’
    • ‘The ball bounced off the rim and into the basket as the horn sounded, giving Connecticut its eighth straight tournament title.’
    • ‘And the dog skims low over the surface grabbing the ball before it bounces twice, before it travels beyond the second wave.’
    • ‘His shot bounced off the ground and went over the post.’
    • ‘For the last five minutes, they had been bouncing soccer balls from one knee to the other, not letting them touch the ground.’
    • ‘The ball bounced off the inside of the post, across the goal and was cleared to safety.’
    • ‘The ball bounced off of one of the poles and shot perfectly into the goal.’
    • ‘He cursed as the ball bounced off the club and rolled into the church car park.’
    • ‘The ball did not drop enough, however, and bounced off the crossbar.’
    • ‘The missed shots bounced off the walls and ricocheted off the ceiling.’
    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’
      • ‘The animals then listen for how long the echo takes to bounce off an object to determine the distance away from the object.’
      • ‘‘In a music hall, you want the sound to bounce off the walls so it fills the space,’ he says.’
      • ‘The thunderous sound bounced off the buildings and carried through the afternoon sky.’
      • ‘Radio signals bounce off different pieces of matter - floors, metal, even the air around you - at different angles and speeds.’
      • ‘The lake was shimmering and the fish were attracted by the sunlight bouncing off its surface.’
      • ‘An ultrasound scan uses high-frequency soundwaves, which bounce off solid objects.’
      • ‘Radio waves bounce off things like buildings and hills.’
      • ‘The music seemed to bounce off the walls, echoing the sounds and making them louder, more melodic.’
      • ‘In order for ordinary light to be polarized it must either pass through or bounce off a polarizing substance.’
      • ‘When the sound waves bounce off objects in their path, a portion of the signal is reflected back.’
      • ‘Light travels in straight lines and will bounce off any non-translucent object.’
      • ‘Light waves become polarized as they bounce off objects or are pushed and pulled by the magnetic fields of interstellar space.’
      • ‘The echoes of our footsteps bounce off the bare walls of the hollow structure.’
      • ‘The video effects are so authentic that people's reflections bounce off the table in the room.’
      • ‘That's when transmitted radio signals bounce off barriers and take multiple paths to get to a receiver, resulting in interference.’
      • ‘The pillars are wrapped in new reflective material which allows light to bounce off the stone and create a natural light in the building.’
      • ‘Radio waves then bounce off the bottom of the ionosphere at a higher altitude, giving these waves longer pathways to follow.’
      • ‘Sounds were bouncing around the walls, creating an auditory muddle.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘On-board instruments from the UK will photograph the way light bounces off the Moon's surface.’
    2. 1.2also bounce back (of an email) be returned to its sender after failing to reach its destination.
      ‘I tried to email him, but the message bounced’
      • ‘The non-yahoo e-mail bounced and I received no reply from the yahoo one for two weeks.’
      • ‘All subsequent incoming messages would bounce because the allocated storage for my e-mail account was already filled up.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I've been receiving a steady stream of bounced messages, but thankfully no irate emails from those spammed.’
      • ‘I tried to write back, but the email bounced.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She gave me the email address of someone at Child Advocacy International, but the message bounced.’
      • ‘Then their e-mail address started bouncing my messages.’
      • ‘Your message won't bounce - but nor will it arrive at the intended destination.’
      • ‘So does this mean that this mean that email won't even bounce anymore?’
      • ‘Also my Freeserve e-mail account is bouncing e-mails faster than my bank bounces my cheques.’
      • ‘Just now I'm getting more than my fair share of bounced email.’
      • ‘Last night we got word from a reader that an email had bounced.’
      • ‘After I received this fax, I tried e-mailing the Anonymous Faxer, but the e-mail bounced.’
      • ‘If the email bounces or is undeliverable, it is placed into the mail queue for later processing.’
    3. 1.3bounce back Recover well after a setback or problem.
      ‘the savings rate has already started to bounce back and is sure to rise further’
      • ‘But the miracle tot held on to life, bouncing back from potentially fatal colds, an infection, two blood transfusions and jaundice.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, the Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan says the economy is bouncing back.’
      • ‘After bouncing back from depression, what was it like to go back to work?’
      • ‘He said Irish and European beef industries showed a striking resilience by bouncing back when the going gets tough.’
      • ‘Young racer Thomas Duggan has finished the year as a champion after bouncing back from being badly injured in a crash eight months ago.’
      • ‘‘Our early indications are that the economy is bouncing back from the foot and mouth epidemic,’ she said.’
      • ‘When the currency eventually bounces back, you will recover your losses.’
      • ‘Hong Kong's sickly economy is bouncing back to good health say employers, workers and consumers.’
      • ‘The players, once able to bounce back from setbacks and adversity, are looking more and more like dead men walking.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He is capable of bouncing back, compromising and moving on if there's a wrench in his plans.’
      • ‘But the little girl has amazed her family and doctors by bouncing back and learning how to walk on her prosthetic legs.’
      • ‘His determination has always seen him bounce back from setbacks.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Each time he bounces back, but each recovery takes its toll on his authority.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Life may be vile to you at the moment, but I'm sure we'll all soon see you bouncing back.’
      • ‘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.’
      recover, revive, rally, make a comeback, take a turn for the better, pick up, be on the mend, be on the road to recovery
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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’
  • 2no 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’
    • ‘She looked over at Andy who was bouncing happily in the driver's seat.’
    • ‘He bounced on the bed happily.’
    • ‘Helena lightly bounced atop the springy mattress, disrupting the smooth surface of the bedding.’
    • ‘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 was jumping around, bouncing from foot to foot.’
    • ‘Jesse reached for the phone but Lyssa jumped away, bouncing on top of her bed.’
    • ‘He bounced happily when he sat down at his lover's bed.’
    • ‘When I finished, I looked up to find the dance group bouncing around in the center of the room.’
    • ‘She collapsed in a fit of giggles on his king-sized bed, bouncing slightly on the springs.’
    • ‘Andy was happily bouncing up and down on my legs.’
    • ‘He'd just had his bath, and was bouncing around happily in nice fresh pyjamas.’
    • ‘I was bouncing on my bed happily.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He bounces happily up and down on his piano stool.’
    • ‘As I bounce happily, I imagine that I am really riding my very own horse through the fields looking for the bad guys.’
    • ‘She bounced on the springy seat, playing with the wire puzzle Cinnamon had bought for her.’
    • ‘She walked over and sat on the bed, bouncing up and down happily.’
    • ‘They both kick their shoes off and jump on the bed, bouncing around and screaming and yelling for joy.’
    • ‘But that was where she wanted to be, so off she went, bouncing along the springy floor-’
    bound, leap, jump, spring, bob, hop, skip, trip, gambol, dance, prance, romp, caper, cavort, frisk, frolic, sport
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    1. 2.1 Move 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.’
      • ‘Roarke hurried up to us, making the bridge bounce and shake, making me squeal, and making a certain hand steady my back.’
      • ‘I stuck my key down into the slot, where it bounced up and down, but did nothing to help start the car.’
      • ‘The floor vibrated and bounced under my feet.’
    2. 2.2with 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’
      • ‘She was still bouncing her child lightly in an attempt to soothe her.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Claire was bouncing the baby up and down on her knee, and making shushing noises.’
      • ‘‘Then don't let Ryan teach her how to do anything,’ I looked at Ryan bouncing Sydney 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!’
      • ‘Then he sat down, put Amanda on his knee, and bounced her up and down.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Dad sat down on the bed and bounced Lillie on his knee.’
      • ‘Carmen bounced her young daughter on her knee, playing a clapping game.’
      • ‘To see her bouncing a smiling baby on her knee they look like any other happy family.’
      • ‘‘Your papa's coming home,’ she whispered to him for the hundredth time as she bounced him on her knee playfully.’
      • ‘She sat in the kitchen bouncing Anna in her lap.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Two of his daughters were there, laughing and carrying small children, and he was bouncing a third child on his knees.’
      • ‘I visited my family, bounced my baby niece on my knee and went to the movies.’
      • ‘Mrs. Blake sat on the bed and bounced the baby up and down.’
      • ‘The baby begins to grow fussy again, so I start bouncing him up and down.’
      • ‘Daniel fiddled with his cup and sighed, bouncing his daughter, Grace, on his knee.’
      • ‘Oh, the stories he must tell while bouncing them 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The scene changed to a smiling, rosy-cheeked couple who were bouncing a dimply baby on their knees.’
      • ‘Sitting outside a group of tents closely placed together, she bounced a toddler on her knee.’
      • ‘He bounced Sean on his lap several times, laughing and smiling as the baby laughed back.’
      • ‘The girls were all stormy-faced, even Kei and Suna bounced their babies on their knees a less buoyantly than usual.’
      • ‘I look forward to bouncing my grandbabies on my knee.’
    3. 2.3with adverbial of direction (of a vehicle) move jerkily along a bumpy surface.
      ‘the car bounced down the narrow track’
      • ‘I looked at my bike as the pick up truck bounced down the country road.’
      • ‘Again an anonymous pair of guards sat and watched me as the carriage bounced and rattled its way through the streets.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘It bounced along the rocky surface, sending dust flying and making it even harder to see.’
      • ‘The red automobile bounced down the lane towards the train station.’
      • ‘A dilapidated cab bounced along a pitch-black dirt road and we could see in the silhouette, large structures shadowed around us.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘And as the car bounces down the road, he's quick to seize on another metaphor about the road ahead for his country.’
      • ‘The carriage bounced down the road, making Darren wonder if he should have waited a little longer after dinner before leaving.’
      • ‘The truck bounced wildly along the trail and spun out onto the road.’
      • ‘A truck bounced down the washboard road and stopped in a cloud of dust near the house.’
      • ‘A red pick-up truck bounces into the middle of the pitch.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘As the bus bounced up to the shelter it occurred to him he'd forgotten to gargle the mouthwash.’
      • ‘Our carriage bounced along that road, and I was sitting across from both of my parents.’
      • ‘It's a race car bouncing across a surface far rougher than it was designed for.’
      • ‘The odd small fishing boat bounces across the surf.’
      • ‘She resisted the urge to scream as the car bounced and rattled on the gravel of the farm road.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Just then, a cloud of dust formed in the distance as an old automobile came bouncing down the road.’
    4. 2.4with adverbial of direction Move in a particular direction in an energetic, happy, or enthusiastic manner.
      ‘Linda bounced in through the open front door’
      • ‘Molly led me upstairs, bouncing happily ahead of me, wanting to play.’
      • ‘She bounced after him happily.’
      • ‘Faith bounced over happily to answer it and hugged him tightly.’
      • ‘He does seem happy as he bounces around me.’
      • ‘‘I'm going upstairs to talk to Mama,’ announced Alicia, bouncing up with a spring in her step.’
      • ‘Samantha bounced happily over in her black string bikini.’
      • ‘He lives down the road from my lodgings and bounced in unexpectedly during breakfast last week.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Mr Black bounced in, skipping like a four-year-old being taken to a party.’
      • ‘As I turned, I immediately saw her bouncing happily my way.’
      • ‘He is bouncing around in a manner ill-befitting one who has recently consumed so much lager.’
      • ‘She bounced happily into the room, carrying another five rolls of streamers in her arms.’
      • ‘He was bouncing confidently across the floor.’
      • ‘Lynden nodded and bounced happily into the kitchen for dinner.’
      • ‘Elaine bounced happily over to a chair and nodded, still yelling Colin's name.’
      • ‘Happily, I bounce over to the screen and plunk myself down.’
      • ‘Jenna stood in the doorway, looking overly happy and practically bouncing across the room to the end of the bed.’
      • ‘Timmy agreed contentedly, bouncing his way up the stairs.’
      • ‘Dave smiled as he watched her bounce happily up to the counter.’
      • ‘Cassidy chirped happily as she bounced into the room.’
      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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Remind your client that he doesn't want to issue checks that bounce, because it could be a felony.’
    • ‘However, when the financial advisor wrote out cheques, they bounced.’
    • ‘The bank insists it's doing a service by covering checks and purchases that would otherwise bounce.’
    • ‘You may not know you've been victimized until your mortgage check bounces.’
    • ‘Not only could he not access his money, but Citibank also told him any outstanding checks could bounce, potentially tainting his credit.’
    • ‘If you write a check that clears while there's still a hold on your paycheck, it will bounce, triggering hefty overdraft fees.’
    • ‘But what if that same caller is transferring funds because five checks just bounced or his credit card was stolen?’
    • ‘Unfortunately, they receive a letter about a week later telling them the cheque has bounced.’
    • ‘He bought six calves at market in Skipton and sold them in York before his cheque bounced.’
    • ‘The cheque bounced and he was eventually forced to sell his business.’
    • ‘Incredibly, her bosses only discovered the cupboard was bare when a cheque for $36,000 bounced.’
    • ‘Outstanding checks could bounce before the hold is lifted or you could be prevented from withdrawing money from your account.’
    • ‘It bounced because the bank had processed it through the wrong account.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, she lived in constant fear that her own checks might bounce.’
    • ‘Although he received three checks, all of them bounced in mid-March.’
    • ‘All the cheques bounced because the burglary victim had cancelled the chequebooks.’
    • ‘Last March, a cheque paid to me from my Royal Bank of Scotland business account for £10,000 bounced.’
    • ‘He owed money, was in and out of overdraft and cheques had 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.’
    1. 3.1with 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’
      • ‘I am writing to thank you for bouncing my check with which I endeavored to pay my plumber last month.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Even if a cheque cleared on a Wednesday, technically a bank could bounce that cheque up to mid-day on Thursday.’
  • 4informal with object Eject (a troublemaker) forcibly from a nightclub or similar establishment.

    • ‘We decided not to tolerate any more and eventually bounced her out.’
    • ‘They immediately bounced him out of the club.’
    • ‘The bouncer very roughly bounced him out of the saloon.’
    expel, throw out, turn out, put out, cast out, remove, oust
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    1. 4.1North American Dismiss (someone) from a job.
      ‘those who put in a dismal performance will be bounced from the tour’
      • ‘If his district doesn't bounce him out of office in the next election, they truly have lost their minds.’
      • ‘Could it be that another juror is about to be bounced from the case?’
      • ‘Maybe the women wanted her to bounce the president out of the White House because he had been disloyal to her.’
      • ‘He was bounced from the team after testing positive for marijuana.’
      • ‘His tendency to bounce directors from post-production is infamous.’
      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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The first lesson is to guard against being bounced into signing anything off in the euphoria of the moment.’
    • ‘He claimed he was bounced into resignation.’
    • ‘He confirmed he would weigh up his decision in August, declining to be bounced into a snap refusal to cancel the petrol duty increase.’
    • ‘She wasn't going to be bounced into collaborating with any cover-up.’
    • ‘No-one should be bounced into a decision by people with a vested interest.’
    • ‘The government no longer has to be bounced into setting a deadline to switch off the analogue signal.’
    • ‘I don't really want to be bounced into choosing an office, and, somehow, this one just didn't seem right for me.’
    • ‘But the government cannot afford to be seen to be bounced into making a decision by an impatient management.’
    • ‘You said you were bounced into going along with his dismissal.’
    • ‘He now tried to bounce the prime minister into an announcement in the budget statement.’
    • ‘Clearing can rescue your university hopes but don't be bounced into taking just any place available.’
    • ‘That does not mean we should be bounced into a referendum.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The prime minister, who felt he had been bounced into talks by his cabinet, remained lukewarm throughout.’
    • ‘Why should ordinary shareholders be bounced into selling out on the cheap?’
    • ‘He is reluctant to be bounced into a knee-jerk response.’
    coerce, force, compel, pressure, pressurize, badger, pester, hound, harass, nag, harry, urge, goad, prod, spur
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noun

  • 1A rebound of a ball or other object.

    ‘the wicket was causing the occasional erratic bounce’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He was expecting the ball to take a bounce before it reached him.’
    • ‘He was unlucky not to get a try, denied by a bad bounce.’
    • ‘The ball took a bounce before he reacted to head it into the net.’
    • ‘We have to accept the bad bounces and just hope you don't find deep rough or one of those thick bushes.’
    • ‘He had to leave the field with a broken nose from 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.’
    • ‘I think it was the bounce of the ball that surprised Martin.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The orange ball rebounded off the backboard and gave a few half-hearted bounces on the cement floor before rolling away.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was clear both were suffering from a few bad bounces and some rather uneven footholds.’
    • ‘His nose was broken nine times trying to field ground balls that took unexpected bounces.’
    • ‘Sometimes the ball gets 16 bounces before he reconciles himself to the idea of serving with it.’
    • ‘The next ball I went to field took a bad bounce and hit me up on the right shoulder.’
    • ‘Caribbean pitches have been criticised recently for having a soft surface and spotty grass cover, creating an uneven bounce of the ball.’
    • ‘With a lucky bounce, the ball bounces into his path and he shins it wide from about 20 yards.’
    springiness, spring
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    1. 1.1mass noun The ability of a surface to make a ball rebound in a specified way.
      ‘a pitch of low bounce’
      • ‘In essence, it is a style that suits good English-type pitches, where movement off the pitch is minimal and the bounce comfortable.’
      • ‘In all, 14 of the 17 wickets fell from the Pavilion End, on a pitch offering some 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.’
      • ‘On a pitch with very little bounce the team batted poorly.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The bounce tends to get lower and slower at St George's and defending a total is often preferable to chasing.’
      • ‘The regular pitches have cracked and produced uneven bounce.’
      • ‘They bowled with discipline on a surface lacking in bounce, and fielded with a tigerish resolve to win by eight runs.’
      • ‘On a surface a yard slower in pace and lower in bounce than Lord's, he sent down the same old stuff.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They were soon in trouble on a pitch of unpredictable bounce.’
      • ‘He likes the low bounce and the faster courts and of course he has already proved he can beat some of the best exponents.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It implied a pitch of variable bounce on the fourth and fifth day, given the hot conditions.’
      • ‘The tracks in South Africa are fast with a lot of bounce which would favour the pacies.’
      • ‘He was such a natural batsman and could adapt so easily to the differing bounce in the pitch.’
      • ‘A pitch of consistent bounce and enough pace to hurry the ball on to the bat aided confident strokeplay.’
      • ‘He could not repeat his Bristol explosiveness, with the slower, variable bounce upsetting his ability to hit cleanly.’
      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’
    • ‘Cassie jumped off her stage to land with an intimidating bounce.’
    • ‘The older Explorer was always a bit sloppy, dealing its driver and passengers plenty of bounce and shake.’
    • ‘She felt some of the strength fade away from her legs, the bounce she tried to inject into her knees feeling slow and sluggish.’
    • ‘Datran tried to sleep like Shrav but the jolts and bounces of the vehicle made it impossible.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For every million photons of light hitting the mirror, only a few are lost with each bounce off this surface.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Arthur was performed by the perennial Peter Pan of the company, Michael O'Hare, whose steps always have a bounce and energy about them.’
    • ‘Not wanting to be left behind I did as I was told, ignoring the dull ache caused with every bounce of my tiring body.’
    • ‘I jumped on my bed, and landed with a satisfactory bounce, and just lay there - sprawled and tangled in my blankets.’
    • ‘The new suspension completely overcomes that old Honda tendency towards bounce on rough surfaces, so the car holds on well on bumpy corners.’
    rebound, reflection, ricochet
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    1. 2.1 A sudden rise in the level of something.
      ‘economists agree that there could be a bounce in prices next year’
      • ‘But any dollar bounce is likely to prove temporary.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘‘I don't think anything we have seen suggests we are going to see a sudden bounce,’ he said.’
      • ‘But what was interesting about the bounce was that it was not accompanied by a rise in the corporate bond market.’
    2. 2.2mass noun Exuberant self-confidence.
      ‘the bounce was now back in Jenny's step’
      • ‘He was relaxed, enthusiastic, full of bounce.’
      • ‘And it is not clear that he will be sailing into the summer convention with a great deal of brag and bounce.’
      • ‘I walk downstairs with a little more bounce and more confidence than usual.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It's got tremendous bounce and energy and shows her passion for the movies as an art and a business.’
      • ‘He had the same bounce in his step, the same inexhaustible energy and, ironically, the same tendency to laugh at everything I said.’
      • ‘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. 2.3mass noun Health and body in a person's hair.
      ‘use conditioner to help hair regain its bounce’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It is the professional who feels the texture, quality and decides a cut that gives balance and bounce to the hair.’
      • ‘From the light bounce in her honey blonde hair to the depths of her big brown eyes she was perfect.’
      • ‘She attempted to get her curls to regain their bounce, and she managed to do a good job.’
      • ‘This will give the curls a lot of sensual bounce and movement.’
      • ‘Hairstyle is not just applying a few oils or giving some shine and bounce through a shampoo or changing the hair colour.’
      • ‘It provides lift at the root while adding bounce and elasticity.’

Phrases

  • be bouncing off the walls

    • informal Be full of nervous excitement or agitation.

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

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

      ‘he thrives on bouncing ideas off other people’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘There will be people to bounce ideas off of, and ideas from others that can be applied to your business as well.’
      • ‘You have to be so close, bouncing ideas off each other.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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?’
  • on the bounce

    • 1As something rebounds.

      ‘he caught the ball on the bounce’
      • ‘He hit the ball on the bounce low into the bottom right-hand corner of the net.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He hit a shot on the bounce - from 30 yards - but the ball went straight into the arms of the keeper.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘His shot on the bounce from the right side of the box flew over the bar.’
      • ‘He ran through to catch the ball on the bounce.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The forward burst through and hitting a lovely half-volley on the bounce.’
      1. 1.1informal In quick succession.
        ‘it's nice to get four victories on the bounce’
        • ‘He won four frames on the bounce to edge 4-3 ahead.’
        • ‘We've been striving for that consistency and to win four on the bounce is brilliant.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘Coming off four heavy defeats on the bounce, his charges looked lamentably short on confidence.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘We've had three tough games on the bounce but only come away with a point, which just isn't good enough.’
        • ‘There would have been more pressure on me if I had come into a team that had won every single game on the bounce.’
        • ‘We know we have to build on the win and put together an unbeaten run of five or six games on the bounce.’
        • ‘It gave him back-to-back victories in the race and his thirteenth on the bounce.’
        • ‘Things had started to come together the previous season when we won six or seven on the bounce.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

bounce

/baʊns/