Main definitions of rebound in English

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  • 1Bounce back through the air after hitting something hard.

    ‘his shot hammered into the post and rebounded across the goal’
    • ‘Keeping the momentum going Thomas was again unlucky as his drop goal attempt rebounded off the post.’
    • ‘Four minutes into the second-half Hampton had a stroke of luck when a shot from Liam Collins struck Iga's right hand post, rebounded against the keeper's body and bounced to safety.’
    • ‘He careered towards the hard shoulder, rebounded and collided with the central reservation.’
    • ‘Richard Dalby broke clear but his shot struck a post and rebounded back, hitting a retreating defender on the knee and cannoning into the net from 18 yards out.’
    • ‘The ball hit the right-hand post and rebounded into the net, far beyond Butler's despairing dive.’
    • ‘In extra time Wilson's shot rebounded off a post and bounced off a defender into the net.’
    • ‘McCartney took a shot on goal but it rebounded back to him off a defender.’
    • ‘Another two points followed for the home side before Noel Kirby blasted in a great ball that ricocheted against the post and rebounded back into play.’
    • ‘On a good day the kick would have been easy, but the wind blew the ball on to the post to rebound out.’
    • ‘Kevin Keegan's low drive from just outside the area crashed against the base of the post and rebounded off the unfortunate Conor Larkin to trickle into the empty net.’
    • ‘His initial shot rebounded off the post but he was quick to gather and sent the ball to the net.’
    • ‘His shot across the face of goal beat St Patrick's keeper Pat Langan only to rebound off the far post and away to safety.’
    • ‘Henry was also a picture of disbelief as his excellent volley on the turn was tipped onto the post and rebounded across the face of goal to safety.’
    • ‘She rebounded off the surprisingly hard girl and landed on the floor with a muted cry.’
    • ‘Indeed, they had the misfortune of having three efforts rebound off the woodwork in this match.’
    • ‘A stroke of luck put Wigan back in the running when a short corner strike was deflected by Luke Griggs on to his near post, rebounded along the goal line to his far post and then into the net.’
    • ‘With a full-strength squad at their disposal, York expected to push on and win after John McRory opened the scoring when Adam Simpson's short corner strike rebounded from a post.’
    • ‘But Taylor was relieved when a long range free-kick from Robert thudded against a post and rebounded to safety.’
    • ‘Only when a crisply-hit drive from Latapy rebounded off the post did the hosts rue their luck.’
    • ‘He collected a long clearance and fired past Phil Wilson, but the ball hit the inside of one post, ricocheted along the line and rebounded off the other post into Wilson's arms.’
    bounce, bounce back, spring back, ricochet, boomerang, glance, recoil
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    1. 1.1Basketball Gain possession of a missed shot after it bounces off the backboard or basket rim.
      ‘he proved that he can score and rebound as well as any of his peers’
      • ‘He scored, rebounded, defended and played some inspired basketball from the center position.’
      • ‘His size hurts him at times, but he still blocked shots and rebounded effectively.’
      • ‘Cato ranked second on the Rockets in rebounding and blocked shots.’
      • ‘He has good basketball instincts, knowing where to be to rebound and block shots.’
      • ‘Ranking in the top five this season in scoring, rebounding, blocked shots, field goal percentage, and minutes played are the statistical proof of Jackson's statement.’
  • 2Recover in value, amount, or strength after a decrease or decline.

    ‘the Share Index rebounded to show a twenty-point gain’
    • ‘Since the pesticide's ban in this country, the osprey population has rebounded, and the birds are now re-establishing themselves throughout the East Coast.’
    • ‘Declining catches rebounded slightly following a six-month ban on fishing last year.’
    • ‘He went so far as to suggest that the smaller-than-expected shortfall means the population actually is rebounding.’
    • ‘This delayed breeding results in low productivity, making it harder for the population to rebound from declines.’
    • ‘He battled hard and rebounded quickly from his mistakes.’
    • ‘Despite that oil adjustment, consumer spending was still able to rebound strongly in the third quarter.’
    • ‘After all, many of the technology companies laid waste in the post-1999 era are already rebounding.’
    • ‘During the second half of the 20th Century, populations rebounded, and Common Ravens are returning to much of their former range.’
    • ‘He predicted that the economy will rebound in the fourth quarter to a 4.4 % growth rate.’
    • ‘Trevino's the only golfer to rebound from back surgery to win big, and his humor is spontaneously unscripted.’
    • ‘Now that demand has rebounded from the post-9/11 travel slump, hotels are willing to risk guest ire by slapping on a few odds and ends.’
    • ‘The market has rebounded strongly this year, with new home sales up substantially.’
    • ‘Puffins, wiped out by an infestation of rats introduced by quarry workers in the 19th century, are now rebounding, albeit slowly.’
    • ‘Gonzalez is trying to rebound from shoulder surgery and regain the confidence of his teammates.’
    • ‘We will rebound, we will recover, and those properties are going to be worth considerable moneys.’
    • ‘Indeed, retail sales rebounded with surprising strength in October.’
    • ‘Low productivity and strong site-fidelity make them slow to rebound from decreases.’
    • ‘DDT caused their numbers to plummet in the second half of the 20th century, and populations rebounded only after the chemical was banned.’
    • ‘Worldwide semiconductor sales increased 1.4 percent this year, rebounding from a one-third decline last year.’
    • ‘It would buy you more time for the stock markets to recover and thus your fund value to rebound.’
    recover, rally, bounce back, pick up, make a recovery, make a comeback
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  • 3rebound on/upon(of an event or action) have an unexpected adverse consequence for (someone, especially the person responsible for it)

    ‘Nicholas's tricks are rebounding on him’
    • ‘George has a thick neck and is not easily embarrassed but his high handed action is now rebounding on him.’
    • ‘The democratic forces backed anti democratic laws that rebounded on them, The Communist party was banned.’
    • ‘Their internal structures and culture may militate against economic success, but the consequences rebound on us.’
    • ‘Anyway that Craig decision rebounded on Newry as Wells brought off a fine save from Robbie Brunton's vicious spot-kick.’
    • ‘He could not have done so without some of the evidence rebounding on his political life.’
    • ‘The failure of the Government to control the explosion in public pay could yet rebound on the private sector as enforced cutbacks hobble the ability of employers in the private sector to meet pay demands.’
    • ‘Moreover, its nuisance value has rebounded on itself.’
    • ‘This they have managed to do with some success, although it has rebounded on them of late.’
    • ‘China and Korea might dub this a sign of dangerous activities by Japan, and that would rebound on domestic opinion.’
    • ‘If we increasingly rely on the pressures of potential civil litigation to alter behavior it may eventually rebound on the legal profession.’
    • ‘He added that the situation had also rebounded on residents of the estate who've been suffering rowdy student behaviour in the past.’
    • ‘The Accounting Office has said the failure to collect fines rebounded on victims, because compensation awards were not handed over until the cash had been brought in.’
    • ‘And the violence inevitably rebounds on Palestinian society.’
    • ‘Such logic has a habit of rebounding on its employer.’
    • ‘Cloaking narrow nationalistic designs under the mantle of a common regional good will sooner or later rebound on the African countries themselves.’
    • ‘I'll stick on the safe side, keep to those superstitions with which I have grown up and those I have more lately adopted, and hope that none of the gentle fun I have poked at the evil eye rebounds on me.’
    • ‘This rebounds on students, who too have bought into the fiscal austerity mind set.’
    • ‘Against direct physical threats you learn the subtle art of physically positioning yourself so that any threat is likely to end up rebounding on the threat making party in pretty short order.’
    • ‘The committee said today that, given the price of land and shortage of homes for nurses and other key workers, aggressively selling off land and buildings could rebound on the NHS.’
    • ‘The whole thing has rebounded on him; since his wife saw how good he was at hanging out flags, she has given him the job of hanging out the washing ever since.’
    backfire on, misfire on, boomerang on, have an adverse effect on, have unwelcome repercussions for, come back on, be self-defeating for, cause one to be hoist with one's own petard
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  • 1(in sporting contexts) a ball or shot that bounces back after striking a hard surface.

    ‘he blasted the rebound into the net’
    • ‘He wondered what might have happened had Tommy Gill's shot not hit the woodwork and Paddy Dalton missed the rebound with only minutes to go.’
    • ‘Trezeguet taps in the rebound but he was offside when the shot was hit.’
    • ‘He turns misses into points by rebounding the ball, by deflecting rebounds to a teammate or with a well-timed putback.’
    • ‘York made a lively start with Colin Moore netting a rebound after the ball had bounced back off the keeper's legs from a short corner.’
    • ‘Cook fought hard for available rebounds and averaged 10 a game for the tournament.’
    1. 1.1Basketball A recovery of possession of a missed shot.
      ‘he had twenty-two points and six rebounds, and missed only three shots’
      • ‘She can get you 10 points and 8 or 9 rebounds a game.’
      • ‘Victor Khryapa, who finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds, missed a three-point attempt on Russia's last possession.’
      • ‘I can not count how many times I have seen guys miss rebounds because they had to bring their hands from their sides.’
      • ‘Duncan had 13 points and nine rebounds, missing four of his seven free-throw attempts.’
      • ‘In his career, Olowokandi averages 9.9 points and 8.0 rebounds a game.’
  • 2An increase in value, amount, or strength after a previous decline.

    ‘they revealed a big rebound in profits for last year’
    • ‘Movie, TV and toy deals were the big factor in their rebound.’
    • ‘Yet anyone in Jersey hoping that an economic rebound will provide fuel for yet more spending is kidding himself.’
    • ‘The incident renewed concern an attack would damage confidence in the US economy and short-circuit an economic rebound.’
    • ‘Although it is too early to decide, a pretty safe bet instead is that, to a large extent, this increase reflects a normal rebound after a very deep recession.’
    • ‘Economists say businesses will want profits to improve and want to feel secure about the economic rebound before they go on a hiring spree.’
    • ‘A rebound in consumer spending increased demand for imported products in the world's largest economy.’
    • ‘But with the rebound, the value of the company's commercial property has soared.’
    • ‘The main reason behind the rebound in employment is the rebound in corporate profits.’
    • ‘The real estate market has been recovering since late last year in tandem with the economic rebound.’
    • ‘Some companies have the courage and capital to spend during a slump in order to reap bigger profits when the rebound comes’
    • ‘The market is counting on a rapid rebound of profits.’
    • ‘The dollar fell for a third day this week, tracking a decline in stocks, on concern a sluggish economic rebound will drive investors away from US investments.’
    • ‘This was a rebound from its biggest one day decline in almost a year.’
    • ‘It is being hailed as the first sign of an economic rebound.’
    • ‘The longer the war takes, the longer we await an economic rebound.’
    • ‘Lee said the company's leasing performance has been good and showed a rebound from the previous quarter.’
    • ‘Now in the news, the Fed raises a key interest rate, despite signs the economic rebound may be slowing.’
    • ‘And it was the economic rebound that attracted them, not just lower interest rates, she added.’
    • ‘For three years they have predicted a rebound in US economic growth in the second half of the year.’
    • ‘A sign of an economic rebound will be back-to-back monthly increases in nonfarm payrolls.’
    1. 2.1usually as modifier The recurrence of a medical condition, especially after withdrawal of medication.
      ‘rebound hypertension’
      • ‘The authors conclude that it is not necessary to keep infants in the hospital to check for rebound serum bilirubin levels in infants treated with phototherapy.’
      • ‘On physical examination there is general tenderness to palpation with rigidity and rebound tenderness.’
      • ‘It is generally reserved for abortive therapy of severe migraines, and rebound headache is unlikely.’
      • ‘Your medications may cause rebound headaches as your body tries to balance itself after too much or conflicting medications.’
      • ‘In all seven trials that reported rebound symptoms, withdrawal symptoms with BZD discontinuation were noted.’
      • ‘Do not discontinue beta-blockers abruptly, since rebound tachycardia can occur.’
      • ‘Shorter courses of steroids may be followed by severe rebound exacerbations shortly after drug therapy is discontinued.’
      • ‘Patients with rebound headache will improve if their daily analgesic medication can be withdrawn, although this is not easily accomplished.’
      • ‘Additionally, sedation is prominent and rebound hypertension may occur.’
      • ‘It also can cause rebound hypertension upon sudden discontinuation, so it should not be used in patients in whom compliance may be an issue.’
      • ‘Finally, critical rebound phenomena after withdrawal with a threatening pulmonary hypertension did not occur.’
      • ‘Beta-blocker therapy must be discontinued gradually over five to 10 days to avoid rebound angina or hypertension.’
      • ‘Sedatives, tranquilizers, and ergotamine medicines also can cause rebound headache.’
      • ‘Findings such as hypotension and marked abdominal tenderness with guarding and rebound tenderness suggest a leaking or ruptured ectopic pregnancy.’
      • ‘If there is any rebound effect after stopping treatment, the cost effectiveness deteriorates.’
      • ‘The physical examination reveals the patient is in minimal distress with right lower quadrant pain and rebound tenderness and guarding on palpation.’
      • ‘Localized rebound tenderness signifies only limited and localized transmural inflammation.’
      • ‘A dose of dextrose is a potent stimulus for additional release of insulin and often results in rebound hypoglycaemia that can be recurrent and prolonged.’
      • ‘Problems with vivid dreams, nightmares and rebound insomnia have also been reported.’
      • ‘Other medications that commonly cause rebound headaches include these.’


  • on the rebound

    • While still distressed by the ending of a romantic relationship.

      ‘I was on the rebound when I met Jack’
      • ‘After this enforced break, however, Stewart is on the rebound.’
      • ‘She is on the rebound, living and bickering with her mother in a chalet.’
      • ‘The things you put in your basket tells whether you are single, divorced, widowed, in love, on the rebound, or the head of a traditional family of six kids under the age of ten.’
      • ‘In 1782 he married Catherine Boucher whom he met on the rebound after he had been rejected by another woman.’
      • ‘Between courses we glanced around at our fellow diners who included trendy Londoners, confirmed bachelors and women who had finally given up on the yo-yo dieting cycle, or maybe they were just on the rebound.’
      • ‘No, I am not on the rebound from James; I am not doing this to annoy Amanda.’
      • ‘I was still hurt, on the rebound from the dysfunctional temporary boyfriend.’
      • ‘‘I hope you're not on the rebound from James,’ Mark said sternly.’
      • ‘Maybe he's just on the rebound or something.’
      • ‘Emily's on the rebound and uninterested in attachments, but Oliver is one smitten kitten, and he follows her around New York City, which is, luckily, uncrowded that afternoon.’


Late Middle English: from Old French rebondir, from re- ‘back’ + bondir ‘bounce up’.




Main definitions of rebound in English

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  • past and past participle of rebind