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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Indeed, they had the misfortune of having three efforts rebound off the woodwork in this match.’
    • ‘The ball hit the right-hand post and rebounded into the net, far beyond Butler's despairing dive.’
    • ‘His initial shot rebounded off the post but he was quick to gather and sent the ball to the net.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Keeping the momentum going Thomas was again unlucky as his drop goal attempt rebounded off the post.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Only when a crisply-hit drive from Latapy rebounded off the post did the hosts rue their luck.’
    • ‘On a good day the kick would have been easy, but the wind blew the ball on to the post to rebound out.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She rebounded off the surprisingly hard girl and landed on the floor with a muted cry.’
    • ‘He careered towards the hard shoulder, rebounded and collided with the central reservation.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘McCartney took a shot on goal but it rebounded back to him off a defender.’
    • ‘But Taylor was relieved when a long range free-kick from Robert thudded against a post and rebounded to safety.’
    • ‘In extra time Wilson's shot rebounded off a post and bounced off a defender into the net.’
    • ‘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 has good basketball instincts, knowing where to be to rebound and block shots.’
      • ‘His size hurts him at times, but he still blocked shots and rebounded effectively.’
      • ‘He scored, rebounded, defended and played some inspired basketball from the center position.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Cato ranked second on the Rockets in rebounding and blocked shots.’
  • 2Recover in value, amount, or strength after a decrease or decline.

    ‘the Share Index rebounded to show a twenty-point gain’
    • ‘It would buy you more time for the stock markets to recover and thus your fund value to rebound.’
    • ‘Gonzalez is trying to rebound from shoulder surgery and regain the confidence of his teammates.’
    • ‘Indeed, retail sales rebounded with surprising strength in October.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘DDT caused their numbers to plummet in the second half of the 20th century, and populations rebounded only after the chemical was banned.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Low productivity and strong site-fidelity make them slow to rebound from decreases.’
    • ‘After all, many of the technology companies laid waste in the post-1999 era are already rebounding.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Trevino's the only golfer to rebound from back surgery to win big, and his humor is spontaneously unscripted.’
    • ‘The market has rebounded strongly this year, with new home sales up substantially.’
    • ‘During the second half of the 20th Century, populations rebounded, and Common Ravens are returning to much of their former range.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Worldwide semiconductor sales increased 1.4 percent this year, rebounding from a one-third decline last year.’
    • ‘He predicted that the economy will rebound in the fourth quarter to a 4.4 % growth rate.’
    • ‘We will rebound, we will recover, and those properties are going to be worth considerable moneys.’
    • ‘Declining catches rebounded slightly following a six-month ban on fishing last year.’
    • ‘Puffins, wiped out by an infestation of rats introduced by quarry workers in the 19th century, are now rebounding, albeit slowly.’
    recover, rally, bounce back, pick up, make a recovery, make a comeback
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  • 3(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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Moreover, its nuisance value has rebounded on itself.’
    • ‘This rebounds on students, who too have bought into the fiscal austerity mind set.’
    • ‘This they have managed to do with some success, although it has rebounded on them of late.’
    • ‘Cloaking narrow nationalistic designs under the mantle of a common regional good will sooner or later rebound on the African countries themselves.’
    • ‘He added that the situation had also rebounded on residents of the estate who've been suffering rowdy student behaviour in the past.’
    • ‘George has a thick neck and is not easily embarrassed but his high handed action is now rebounding on him.’
    • ‘Their internal structures and culture may militate against economic success, but the consequences rebound on us.’
    • ‘If we increasingly rely on the pressures of potential civil litigation to alter behavior it may eventually rebound on the legal profession.’
    • ‘Anyway that Craig decision rebounded on Newry as Wells brought off a fine save from Robbie Brunton's vicious spot-kick.’
    • ‘Such logic has a habit of rebounding on its employer.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He could not have done so without some of the evidence rebounding on his political life.’
    • ‘The democratic forces backed anti democratic laws that rebounded on them, The Communist party was banned.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And the violence inevitably rebounds on Palestinian society.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘China and Korea might dub this a sign of dangerous activities by Japan, and that would rebound on domestic opinion.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    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 turns misses into points by rebounding the ball, by deflecting rebounds to a teammate or with a well-timed putback.’
    • ‘Cook fought hard for available rebounds and averaged 10 a game for the tournament.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Trezeguet taps in the rebound but he was offside when the shot was hit.’
    1. 1.1Basketball A recovery of possession of a missed shot.
      ‘he had twenty-two points and six rebounds, and missed only three shots’
      • ‘In his career, Olowokandi averages 9.9 points and 8.0 rebounds a game.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
  • 2An increase in value, amount, or strength after a previous decline.

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


  • 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.’
      • ‘I was still hurt, on the rebound from the dysfunctional temporary boyfriend.’
      • ‘Maybe he's just on the rebound or something.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘‘I hope you're not on the rebound from James,’ Mark said sternly.’
      • ‘No, I am not on the rebound from James; I am not doing this to annoy Amanda.’
      • ‘She is on the rebound, living and bickering with her mother in a chalet.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’


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