Definition of bounce in English:

bounce

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • 1(of an object, especially a ball) move quickly up, back, or away from a surface after hitting it; rebound (once or repeatedly)

    ‘the ball bounced away and he chased it’
    with object ‘he was bouncing the ball against the wall’
    ‘the ball bounced off the rim’
    • ‘The ball can be bounced off the four walls which surround the floor of the court.’
    • ‘She shot, but the ball bounced off the rim and came straight back to her.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The ball just bounced off a defender and there was nothing you can do about it.’
    • ‘The ball did not drop enough, however, and bounced off the crossbar.’
    • ‘He pulled a rubber bouncy ball out of his bucket, and bounced it on the tar street.’
    • ‘The ball bounced off of one of the poles and shot perfectly into the goal.’
    • ‘For the last five minutes, they had been bouncing soccer balls from one knee to the other, not letting them touch the ground.’
    • ‘He cursed as the ball bounced off the club and rolled into the church car park.’
    • ‘The missed shots bounced off the walls and ricocheted off the ceiling.’
    • ‘The ball bounced off his foot into the net.’
    • ‘His shot bounced off the ground and went over the post.’
    • ‘As the ball bounced off the wall and headed towards James, time seemed to slow down.’
    • ‘The ball bounced off the inside of the post, across the goal and was cleared to safety.’
    • ‘The ball bounced off her head and Sam let it fall to the ground.’
    • ‘The ball bounced off the rim and into the basket as the horn sounded, giving Connecticut its eighth straight tournament title.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I kicked my soccer ball into the air and started to bounce it up and down on the heel of my foot.’
    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.
      ‘short sound waves bounce off even small objects’
      • ‘‘In a music hall, you want the sound to bounce off the walls so it fills the space,’ he says.’
      • ‘When the sound waves bounce off objects in their path, a portion of the signal is reflected back.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Light travels in straight lines and will bounce off any non-translucent object.’
      • ‘In order for ordinary light to be polarized it must either pass through or bounce off a polarizing substance.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The video effects are so authentic that people's reflections bounce off the table in the room.’
      • ‘Radio waves then bounce off the bottom of the ionosphere at a higher altitude, giving these waves longer pathways to follow.’
      • ‘An ultrasound scan uses high-frequency soundwaves, which bounce off solid objects.’
      • ‘Radio waves bounce off things like buildings and hills.’
      • ‘Light waves become polarized as they bounce off objects or are pushed and pulled by the magnetic fields of interstellar space.’
      • ‘The thunderous sound bounced off the buildings and carried through the afternoon sky.’
      • ‘Sounds were bouncing around the walls, creating an auditory muddle.’
      • ‘The lake was shimmering and the fish were attracted by the sunlight bouncing off its surface.’
      • ‘On-board instruments from the UK will photograph the way light bounces off the Moon's surface.’
      • ‘Radio signals bounce off different pieces of matter - floors, metal, even the air around you - at different angles and speeds.’
      • ‘The music seemed to bounce off the walls, echoing the sounds and making them louder, more melodic.’
    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.’
      • ‘So does this mean that this mean that email won't even bounce anymore?’
      • ‘Your message won't bounce - but nor will it arrive at the intended destination.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘After I received this fax, I tried e-mailing the Anonymous Faxer, but the e-mail bounced.’
      • ‘All subsequent incoming messages would bounce because the allocated storage for my e-mail account was already filled up.’
      • ‘If the email bounces or is undeliverable, it is placed into the mail queue for later processing.’
      • ‘Last night we got word from a reader that an email had bounced.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
    3. 1.3bounce back Recover well after a setback.
      ‘he was admired for his ability to bounce back from injury’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Each time he bounces back, but each recovery takes its toll on his authority.’
      • ‘But the miracle tot held on to life, bouncing back from potentially fatal colds, an infection, two blood transfusions and jaundice.’
      • ‘When the currency eventually bounces back, you will recover your losses.’
      • ‘‘Our early indications are that the economy is bouncing back from the foot and mouth epidemic,’ she said.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He said Irish and European beef industries showed a striking resilience by bouncing back when the going gets tough.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Consumer confidence is bouncing back from what was arguably some of its worst readings in years.’
      • ‘Any tips for a young reporter on bouncing back from a minor set-back?’
      • ‘He is capable of bouncing back, compromising and moving on if there's a wrench in his plans.’
      • ‘The guy showed real character in bouncing back from what could have been a career threatening, drunken escapade.’
      • ‘The majority of farmers are good, honest, hard-working people, and farming is bouncing back.’
      • ‘They will keep bouncing back, but we need the fans now.’
      • ‘His determination has always seen him bounce back from setbacks.’
      • ‘Tourist attractions and companies in the north west are bouncing back from the brink of bankruptcy a year after the foot and mouth epidemic.’
      • ‘But the little girl has amazed her family and doctors by bouncing back and learning how to walk on her prosthetic legs.’
      • ‘After bouncing back from depression, what was it like to go back to work?’
      • ‘If the fishery bounces back we will see our community bounce back.’
      • ‘Life may be vile to you at the moment, but I'm sure we'll all soon see you bouncing back.’
      • ‘The players, once able to bounce back from setbacks and adversity, are looking more and more like dead men walking.’
      • ‘Hong Kong's sickly economy is bouncing back to good health say employers, workers and consumers.’
      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. 1.4Baseball Hit a ball that bounces before reaching a fielder.
      ‘bouncing out with the bases loaded’
      with object ‘bounced a grounder to third’
      • ‘The batter bounced a grounder in the direction of the shortstop.’
      • ‘He bounced a grounder under the glove of the shortstop.’
      • ‘With a runner on third and one out, he bounced a routine grounder to the second baseman.’
      • ‘He bounced a routine grounder to Denny Doyle.’
  • 2(of a person) jump repeatedly up and down, typically on something springy.

    ‘bouncing up and down on the mattress’
    • ‘He bounces happily up and down on his piano stool.’
    • ‘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!’
    • ‘I was bouncing on my bed happily.’
    • ‘He bounced happily when he sat down at his lover's bed.’
    • ‘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 bounced on the springy seat, playing with the wire puzzle Cinnamon had bought for her.’
    • ‘She looked over at Andy who was bouncing happily in the driver's seat.’
    • ‘She walked over and sat on the bed, bouncing up and down happily.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Andy was happily bouncing up and down on my legs.’
    • ‘But that was where she wanted to be, so off she went, bouncing along the springy floor-’
    • ‘Helena lightly bounced atop the springy mattress, disrupting the smooth surface of the bedding.’
    • ‘He'd just had his bath, and was bouncing around happily in nice fresh pyjamas.’
    • ‘She was jumping around, bouncing from foot to foot.’
    • ‘She collapsed in a fit of giggles on his king-sized bed, bouncing slightly on the springs.’
    • ‘They both kick their shoes off and jump on the bed, bouncing around and screaming and yelling for joy.’
    • ‘Jesse reached for the phone but Lyssa jumped away, bouncing on top of her bed.’
    • ‘He bounced on the bed happily.’
    • ‘Rebecca jumped in the air bouncing up and down with excitement.’
    bound, leap, jump, spring, bob, hop, skip, trip, gambol, dance, prance, romp, caper, cavort, frisk, frolic, sport
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    1. 2.1 (of a thing) move up and down while remaining essentially in the same position.
      ‘the gangplank bounced under his confident step’
      • ‘The floor vibrated and bounced under my feet.’
      • ‘I stuck my key down into the slot, where it bounced up and down, but did nothing to help start the car.’
      • ‘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.’
    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’
      • ‘The baby begins to grow fussy again, so I start bouncing him up and down.’
      • ‘‘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!’
      • ‘They then posed for the cameras in the courtroom, bouncing their brood of young sons on their knees and kissing their wives at length.’
      • ‘Daniel fiddled with his cup and sighed, bouncing his daughter, Grace, on his knee.’
      • ‘I visited my family, bounced my baby niece on my knee and went to the movies.’
      • ‘He bounced Sean on his lap several times, laughing and smiling as the baby laughed back.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Two of his daughters were there, laughing and carrying small children, and he was bouncing a third child on his knees.’
      • ‘Then he sat down, put Amanda on his knee, and bounced her up and down.’
      • ‘He bounces a grandchild on his knee.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The scene changed to a smiling, rosy-cheeked couple who were bouncing a dimply baby on their knees.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Dad sat down on the bed and bounced Lillie on his knee.’
      • ‘She sat in the kitchen bouncing Anna in her lap.’
      • ‘Oh, the stories he must tell while bouncing them on his 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.’
      • ‘‘Your papa's coming home,’ she whispered to him for the hundredth time as she bounced him on her knee playfully.’
      • ‘Sitting outside a group of tents closely placed together, she bounced a toddler on her knee.’
      • ‘To see her bouncing a smiling baby on her knee they look like any other happy family.’
      • ‘She was still bouncing her child lightly in an attempt to soothe her.’
      • ‘The girls were all stormy-faced, even Kei and Suna bounced their babies on their knees a less buoyantly than usual.’
      • ‘Carmen bounced her young daughter on her knee, playing a clapping game.’
      • ‘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’
      • ‘The carriage bounced down the road, making Darren wonder if he should have waited a little longer after dinner before leaving.’
      • ‘Our carriage bounced along that road, and I was sitting across from both of my parents.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Just then, a cloud of dust formed in the distance as an old automobile came bouncing down the road.’
      • ‘The truck bounced wildly along the trail and spun out onto the road.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A dilapidated cab bounced along a pitch-black dirt road and we could see in the silhouette, large structures shadowed around us.’
      • ‘And as the car bounces down the road, he's quick to seize on another metaphor about the road ahead for his country.’
      • ‘It's a race car bouncing across a surface far rougher than it was designed for.’
      • ‘I looked at my bike as the pick up truck bounced down the country road.’
      • ‘The red automobile bounced down the lane towards the train station.’
      • ‘A truck bounced down the washboard road and stopped in a cloud of dust near the house.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The odd small fishing boat bounces across the surf.’
      • ‘Again an anonymous pair of guards sat and watched me as the carriage bounced and rattled its way through the streets.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She resisted the urge to scream as the car bounced and rattled on the gravel of the farm road.’
      • ‘As the bus bounced up to the shelter it occurred to him he'd forgotten to gargle the mouthwash.’
      • ‘A red pick-up truck bounces into the middle of the pitch.’
    4. 2.4with adverbial of direction Move in an energetic or happy manner.
      ‘Linda bounced in through the open front door’
      • ‘Cassidy chirped happily as she bounced into the room.’
      • ‘Jenna stood in the doorway, looking overly happy and practically bouncing across the room to the end of the bed.’
      • ‘He lives down the road from my lodgings and bounced in unexpectedly during breakfast last week.’
      • ‘She bounced happily into the room, carrying another five rolls of streamers in her arms.’
      • ‘Timmy agreed contentedly, bouncing his way up the stairs.’
      • ‘Happily, I bounce over to the screen and plunk myself down.’
      • ‘Faith bounced over happily to answer it and hugged him tightly.’
      • ‘He was bouncing confidently across the floor.’
      • ‘Mr Black bounced in, skipping like a four-year-old being taken to a party.’
      • ‘Samantha bounced happily over in her black string bikini.’
      • ‘He does seem happy as he bounces around me.’
      • ‘She bounced after him happily.’
      • ‘‘I'm going upstairs to talk to Mama,’ announced Alicia, bouncing up with a spring in her step.’
      • ‘He is bouncing around in a manner ill-befitting one who has recently consumed so much lager.’
      • ‘As I turned, I immediately saw her bouncing happily my way.’
      • ‘Then she started to walk to the exit with Trevor bouncing behind her.’
      • ‘Molly led me upstairs, bouncing happily ahead of me, wanting to play.’
      • ‘Lynden nodded and bounced happily into the kitchen for dinner.’
      • ‘Dave smiled as he watched her bounce happily up to the counter.’
      • ‘Elaine bounced happily over to a chair and nodded, still yelling Colin's name.’
      • ‘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.’
      bound, leap, jump, spring, bob, hop, skip, trip, gambol, dance, prance, romp, caper, cavort, frisk, frolic, sport
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  • 3informal (of a check) be returned by a bank when there are insufficient funds to meet it.

    ‘my rent check bounced’
    • ‘But what if that same caller is transferring funds because five checks just bounced or his credit card was stolen?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You may not know you've been victimized until your mortgage check bounces.’
    • ‘Last March, a cheque paid to me from my Royal Bank of Scotland business account for £10,000 bounced.’
    • ‘The bank insists it's doing a service by covering checks and purchases that would otherwise bounce.’
    • ‘He bought six calves at market in Skipton and sold them in York before his cheque bounced.’
    • ‘Remind your client that he doesn't want to issue checks that bounce, because it could be a felony.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, she lived in constant fear that her own checks might bounce.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If you write a check that clears while there's still a hold on your paycheck, it will bounce, triggering hefty overdraft fees.’
    • ‘Outstanding checks could bounce before the hold is lifted or you could be prevented from withdrawing money from your account.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, they receive a letter about a week later telling them the cheque has bounced.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He owed money, was in and out of overdraft and cheques had bounced.’
    • ‘The cheque bounced and he was eventually forced to sell his business.’
    • ‘However, when the financial advisor wrote out cheques, they bounced.’
    • ‘Although he received three checks, all of them bounced in mid-March.’
    1. 3.1with object Write (a check) on insufficient funds.
      ‘I've never bounced a check’
      • ‘She was even bouncing checks while her husband was working as a bank officer.’
      • ‘Credit-card firms do the same thing, levying charges of, typically, £30 a time if you exceed your credit limit, pay late or bounce a payment.’
      • ‘The company claims he was dismissed for bouncing cheques as well as using the firm's money to pay off his personal debts.’
      • ‘Ten years ago I knew I was going to bounce a check, a big check.’
      • ‘Two years later, he violated parole again, this time by bouncing a check for $300.’
      • ‘The man has an anger management problem, and for a man who is an economist, he shouldn't go bouncing cheques at the supermarkets around town.’
      • ‘This will undoubtedly cause me to bounce direct debits on a regular basis.’
      • ‘If you don't know how much money is in your account, you're much more likely to bounce a check.’
      • ‘If you miss or bounce a payment, you'll be hit with a fine of, typically, £25.’
      • ‘In France it is illegal to have an unauthorised overdraft - bounce a cheque twice and all your accounts in any French banks will be closed.’
      • ‘Don't get me wrong, I've bounced a few cheques in my time… but never because of a post-dated cheque.’
      • ‘Obviously, these firms have a right to charge penalties to cardholders who bounce payments or breach their credit limit.’
      • ‘Although I've never bounced a check, I never worried about it either.’
      • ‘The average low-end customer, whose funds tend to dwindle twice a month before payday, is likely to bounce about eight checks a year.’
      • ‘I nearly bounced my mortgage cheque, despite the thousands in my account.’
      • ‘Sometimes they bounced checks to buy groceries - it was a tough situation.’
      • ‘Instead of paying me as we contracted (with the money going to charity), they bounced three checks.’
      • ‘If every time you bounce a check, it costs $35, it's going to cost you a lot.’
      • ‘Better to monitor your account so you never bounce a check.’
      • ‘She bounced a direct debit in the early days at university, but the bank talked her through budgeting and refunded the charges for missing the direct debit.’
  • 4informal with object Eject (a troublemaker) forcibly from a nightclub or similar establishment.

    • ‘The bouncer very roughly bounced him out of the saloon.’
    • ‘They immediately bounced him out of the club.’
    • ‘We decided not to tolerate any more and eventually bounced her out.’
    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’
      • ‘His tendency to bounce directors from post-production is infamous.’
      • ‘Maybe the women wanted her to bounce the president out of the White House because he had been disloyal to her.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘He was bounced from the team after testing positive for marijuana.’
      expulsion, ejection, ousting, throwing out, drumming out, driving out, banishing, banishment, removal, dislodgement, displacement, clearance
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noun

  • 1A rebound of a ball or other object.

    ‘a bad bounce caused the ball to get away from the second baseman’
    • ‘Sometimes the ball gets 16 bounces before he reconciles himself to the idea of serving with it.’
    • ‘On line, with good speed and a favourable bounce, the ball eventually disappeared into the hole.’
    • ‘The next ball I went to field took a bad bounce and hit me up on the right shoulder.’
    • ‘The ball rebounded off Henry's back and the bounce deceived both defender and goalkeeper, finding the back of the net in the process.’
    • ‘He had to leave the field with a broken nose from a bad bounce.’
    • ‘It was clear both were suffering from a few bad bounces and some rather uneven footholds.’
    • ‘He was expecting the ball to take a bounce before it reached him.’
    • ‘She completely misjudged the bounce of a high ball with the court apparently at her mercy.’
    • ‘I think it was the bounce of the ball that surprised Martin.’
    • ‘Apart from the fact that we got one or two bad bounces of the ball, there wasn't much between the sides.’
    • ‘He was unlucky not to get a try, denied by a bad bounce.’
    • ‘We have to accept the bad bounces and just hope you don't find deep rough or one of those thick bushes.’
    • ‘With a lucky bounce, the ball bounces into his path and he shins it wide from about 20 yards.’
    • ‘Caribbean pitches have been criticised recently for having a soft surface and spotty grass cover, creating an uneven bounce of the ball.’
    • ‘The ball took a slight bounce, however, and ended in the corner of the net to the keeper's dismay.’
    • ‘They went in front after a freak bounce of the ball put it in their opponents net.’
    • ‘His nose was broken nine times trying to field ground balls that took unexpected bounces.’
    • ‘The ball took a bounce before he reacted to head it into the net.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The orange ball rebounded off the backboard and gave a few half-hearted bounces on the cement floor before rolling away.’
    springiness, spring
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    1. 1.1 The power of rebounding.
      • ‘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 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.’
      • ‘The bounce tends to get lower and slower at St George's and defending a total is often preferable to chasing.’
      • ‘He could not repeat his Bristol explosiveness, with the slower, variable bounce upsetting his ability to hit cleanly.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘There will be some low bounce, though not much help for the fast bowlers.’
      • ‘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 regular pitches have cracked and produced uneven bounce.’
      • ‘A pitch of consistent bounce and enough pace to hurry the ball on to the bat aided confident strokeplay.’
      • ‘In essence, it is a style that suits good English-type pitches, where movement off the pitch is minimal and the bounce comfortable.’
      • ‘On a surface a yard slower in pace and lower in bounce than Lord's, he sent down the same old stuff.’
      • ‘He likes the low bounce and the faster courts and of course he has already proved he can beat some of the best exponents.’
      • ‘Yes, there wasn't a lot of bounce off the wicket and it was really quite hard to bowl on it.’
      • ‘He was such a natural batsman and could adapt so easily to the differing bounce in the pitch.’
      • ‘It implied a pitch of variable bounce on the fourth and fifth day, given the hot conditions.’
      • ‘They were soon in trouble on a pitch of unpredictable bounce.’
      • ‘The tracks in South Africa are fast with a lot of bounce which would favour the pacies.’
      • ‘On a pitch with very little bounce the team batted poorly.’
      • ‘They bowled with discipline on a surface lacking in bounce, and fielded with a tigerish resolve to win by eight runs.’
      • ‘In all, 14 of the 17 wickets fell from the Pavilion End, on a pitch offering some uneven bounce.’
      springiness, spring
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  • 2An act of jumping or an instance of being moved up and down.

    ‘every bounce of the truck brought them into fresh contact’
    ‘a bounce on your knee or a cuddle and pat on the back’
    • ‘I jumped on my bed, and landed with a satisfactory bounce, and just lay there - sprawled and tangled in my blankets.’
    • ‘She felt some of the strength fade away from her legs, the bounce she tried to inject into her knees feeling slow and sluggish.’
    • ‘The new suspension completely overcomes that old Honda tendency towards bounce on rough surfaces, so the car holds on well on bumpy corners.’
    • ‘Arthur was performed by the perennial Peter Pan of the company, Michael O'Hare, whose steps always have a bounce and energy about them.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Cassie jumped off her stage to land with an intimidating bounce.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The equity market rose 30% from March last year - a bounce many small investors missed.’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 2.2 Exuberant self-confidence.
      ‘the bounce was now back in Jenny's step’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It's got tremendous bounce and energy and shows her passion for the movies as an art and a business.’
      • ‘He was relaxed, enthusiastic, full of bounce.’
      • ‘I walk downstairs with a little more bounce and more confidence than usual.’
      • ‘But there was no bounce and cheerfulness in her voice like there used to be.’
      • ‘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.’
      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 Health and body in the 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 includes two products that work together to hydrate and tone your hair, imparting softness and bounce to natural body.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This will give the curls a lot of sensual bounce and movement.’
      • ‘She attempted to get her curls to regain their bounce, and she managed to do a good job.’
      • ‘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 is the professional who feels the texture, quality and decides a cut that gives balance and bounce to the hair.’
      • ‘My curls were starting to lose their bounce, so I twisted my hair into a messy bun.’

Phrases

  • be bouncing off the walls

    • informal Be full of nervous excitement or agitation.

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

    • informal Share an idea with another person in order to get feedback on it.

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

Origin

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

Pronunciation

bounce

/bouns//baʊns/