• WordNet 3.6
    • adj bouncing marked by lively action "a bouncing gait","bouncy tunes","the peppy and interesting talk","a spirited dance"
    • adj bouncing vigorously healthy "a bouncing baby"
    • n bouncing rebounding from an impact (or series of impacts)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: If a raisin is dropped into a glass of champagne it will bounce up and down in the glass
    • Bouncing Excessive; big. "A bouncing reckoning."
    • Bouncing Stout; plump and healthy; lusty; buxom. "Many tall and bouncing young ladies."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: A ripe cranberry will bounce. Another name for a cranberry is bounceberry
    • bouncing Vigorous; strong; stout: as, “the bouncing Amazon,” Shak., M. N. D., ii. 2; “a bouncing lass,”
    • bouncing Exaggerated; excessive; big.
    • bouncing Lying; bragging; boastful.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There are mirrors on the moon. Astronauts left them so that laser beams could be bounced off of them from Earth. These beams help give us the distance to the moon give or take a few metres.
    • adj Bouncing large and heavy: lusty: swaggering
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  • Doug Horton
    “The harder you fall, the higher you bounce.”
  • Linall Jr. A. L.
    Linall Jr. A. L.
    “Good character is like a rubber ball -- thrown down hard -- it bounces right back. Good reputation is like a crystal ball -- thrown for gain -- shattered and cracked.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “The one who complains about the way the ball bounces is likely the one who dropped it”
  • Lou Holtz
    “The man who complains about the way the ball bounces is likely the one who dropped it.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Those who complain about the way the ball bounces are often the ones who dropped it.”
  • Gilbert Adair
    Gilbert Adair
    “The earth is mankind's ultimate haven, our blessed terra firma. When it trembles and gives way beneath our feet, it's as though one of God's checks has bounced.”


Bounce ideas - If you bounce ideas off someone, you share your ideas with them to know whether they think they would work.
Bounce off the walls - If someone's bouncing off the walls, they are very excited about something.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Dut. bonzen, to strike, from bons, a blow.


In literature:

Just as Bud was wondering how he could get the prisoners to the nearest police headquarters, a jeep came bouncing into view across the sand.
"Tom Swift and the Electronic Hydrolung" by Victor Appleton
He bounced off a wall.
"Badge of Infamy" by Lester del Rey
Laddie, who was just going to bounce down his top, to spin it, still held it in his hand.
"Six Little Bunkers at Aunt Jo's" by Laura Lee Hope
Cai Tamblyn, too, bounced up.
"The Mayor of Troy" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
It was too dark for them to see what the obstruction was, and they bounced and jumped against the wire meshes like fish in a net.
"A Busy Year at the Old Squire's" by Charles Asbury Stephens
But the little man also had bounced up in a fury.
"The Blue Pavilions" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
He saw this figure bounce out of the car and start away.
"The Call of the Beaver Patrol" by V. T. Sherman
I was in the schoolroom the next afternoon, practising, when suddenly the door flew open, and in bounced Jack, in a state of wild excitement.
"We Ten" by Lyda Farrington Krausé
The little homemade bomb landed, bounced, and lay still, with its fuse almost burned down.
"Police Your Planet" by Lester del Rey
It was a shock to get this box and its arrival bounced me deep into a doldrum-period of three or four days.
"Highways in Hiding" by George Oliver Smith

In poetry:

O, it was fun alive, I vow,
To see that fellow bounce
And hear him howl and make a row
And threaten he would trounce
"Dear Friends And Neighbors" by David John Scott
When from my foot a bird did flee--
The rain flew bouncing from her breast
I wondered what the bird could be,
And almost trampled on her nest.
"Quail's Nest" by John Clare
"It used to turn clear over backwards
An’ palpitate wuss’n a pump
An’ give him the janders and yallers
An’ bounce around thumpty-thump;
"A Pastoral" by Ellis Parker Butler
CLARIN. That's a bounce; for not a tear,
When this day her house I entered,
Did she shed, and there I found thee
Sitting with her quite contented.
"The Wonder-Working Magician - Act III" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
He pretends he is her ball.
He tries to fold up and bounce
but he squashes like fruit.
For he loves Blue Lady and the spots
of red roses he gives her
"Red Roses" by Anne Sexton
Guard thou the portals of my mouth, O Lord!
That I may no indecent language use,
No bounce, no boast, nor any silly word,
No false report, nor any foul abuse.
"A Prayer, Concerning The Government Of Our Words And Lips, &c." by Rees Prichard

In news:

The teacher-surfer-boater's tale bounces from Carmel Valley to Big Sur.
Some days they want a crankbait moved quickly halfway between the surface and the bottom, other days they want a jig tipped with soft bait bounced aggressively right on the bottom.
" as if the iconic opening of Woody Allen's 'Manhattan' bounced over a few boroughs ".
Artist Mike Allred bounces from ' Madman ' to 'Daredevil'.
The 18-year-old is looking to bounce back after a rocky 2007 in which she averaged 76.4 strokes per round.
Team Most Likely To Bounce Back.
Bouncing back from hockey's marathon is mind game .
Ball Bounces Off Minor Leaguer 's Head to Start Amazing Triple Play.
And Saturday night at Mojo 's will be no exception, as Nicky Da B brings a little bit of New Orleans bounce to Columbia.
After blowing a 4-0 lead in the ninth-inning, the Tigers bounced back and scored two in the 12th, as they beat the New York Yankees 6-4, in Game 1 of the ALCS.
Michal Neuvirth bounces back in first appearance under coach Dale Hunter.
Sue's going to be a mother again and she can't wait for the bouncing 13-year-old boy to arrive on her doorstep.
After hours of staging 20 blue locker props, lighting fixtures, bounce cards, actor makeup, Glidecam retakes and audio delays, the Syracuse gig finally wrapped Saturday.
Size of Romney Bounce Remains Unclear.
It's still too soon to judge whether Romney received a debate bounce.

In science:

In the case of the first model (where the scale factor is given by an hyperbolic cosine), similar results would hold if we would match the local Minkowski vacuum (WKB vacuum) at some initial time and express the results in terms of the WKB vacuum state at the corresponding post-bounce time.
Trans-Planckian Physics and the Spectrum of Fluctuations in a Bouncing Universe
In this paper we have studied the dependence of the spectrum of a free scalar field in a bouncing Universe on trans-Planckian effects introduced via a modification of the free field dispersion relation.
Trans-Planckian Physics and the Spectrum of Fluctuations in a Bouncing Universe
After the second bounce around T = 11M the distortions begin to stabilize.
Modeling gravitational radiation from coalescing binary black holes
What are the physical mechanisms to mediate this energy transfer to the ejecta? And on what timescale do they work? Proposals in the literature include the hydrodynamical bounce-shock, neutrinos, or magnetic fields.
Explosion Mechanisms of Massive Stars
If, in contrast, the shock radius grows only very slowly and the explosion is delayed for several 100 ms after bounce, the convective flow can merge to increasingly larger structures.
Explosion Mechanisms of Massive Stars