• WordNet 3.6
    • v bounce hit something so that it bounces "bounce a ball"
    • v bounce eject from the premises "The ex-boxer's job is to bounce people who want to enter this private club"
    • v bounce spring back; spring away from an impact "The rubber ball bounced","These particles do not resile but they unite after they collide"
    • v bounce move up and down repeatedly
    • v bounce leap suddenly "He bounced to his feet"
    • v bounce refuse to accept and send back "bounce a check"
    • v bounce come back after being refused "the check bounced"
    • n bounce a light, self-propelled movement upwards or forwards
    • n bounce the quality of a substance that is able to rebound
    • n bounce 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
    • Bounce (Zoöl) A dogfish of Europe (Scyllium catulus).
    • Bounce A heavy, sudden, and often noisy, blow or thump. "The bounce burst open the door."
    • Bounce A sudden leap or bound; a rebound.
    • Bounce An explosion, or the noise of one.
    • Bounce Bluster; brag; untruthful boasting; audacious exaggeration; an impudent lie; a bouncer.
    • Bounce To boast; to talk big; to bluster.
    • Bounce To bully; to scold.
    • Bounce To cause to bound or rebound; sometimes, to toss.
    • Bounce To drive against anything suddenly and violently; to bump; to thump.
    • Bounce To eject violently, as from a room; to discharge unceremoniously, as from employment.
    • Bounce To leap or spring suddenly or unceremoniously; to bound; as, she bounced into the room. "Out bounced the mastiff.""Bounced off his arm+chair."
    • Bounce To strike or thump, so as to rebound, or to make a sudden noise; a knock loudly. "Another bounces as hard as he can knock.""Against his bosom bounced his heaving heart."
    • adv Bounce With a sudden leap; suddenly. "This impudent puppy comes bounce in upon me."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: A ripe cranberry will bounce. Another name for a cranberry is bounceberry
    • bounce To beat; thump; knock; bang.
    • bounce To cause to bound or spring: as, to bounce a ball.
    • bounce To eject or turn out without ceremony; expel vigorously; hence, to dismiss or discharge summarily, as from one's employment or post.
    • bounce To beat hard or thump, so as to make a sudden noise.
    • bounce To spring or leap against anything, so as to rebound; beat or thump by a spring; spring up with a rebound.
    • bounce To leap or spring; come or go unceremoniously.
    • bounce To boast or bluster; exaggerate; lie.
    • n bounce A sudden spring or leap.
    • n bounce A bound or rebound: as, you must strike the ball on the bounce.
    • n bounce A heavy blow, thrust, or thump.
    • n bounce A loud heavy sound, as of an explosion; a sudden crack or noise.
    • n bounce A boast; a piece of brag or bluster; boastful language; exaggeration.
    • n bounce A bold or impudent lie; a downright falsehood; a bouncer.
    • n bounce Expulsion; discharge; dismissal.
    • n bounce [Perhaps of diff. origin.] A local English name of the dogfish or shark, Scylliorhinus catulus.
    • bounce With a bounce; suddenly.
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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.
    • v.i Bounce bowns to jump or spring suddenly: to bound like a ball, to throw one's self about:
    • n Bounce a heavy, sudden blow: a leap or spring: a boast: a bold lie
    • adv., interj Bounce expressing sudden movement
    • adv Bounce and interj. expressing sudden movement
    • v.i Bounce bowns (obs.) to beat: to burst into or out of a room, &c.: to boast, to exaggerate
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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.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. bunsen,; cf. D. bonzen, to strike, bounce, bons, blow, LG. bunsen, to knock; all prob. of imitative origin
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Dut. bonzen, to strike, from bons, a blow.


In literature:

The rocks rolled and bounced down the mountainside, their path traced by a line of steam clouds.
"Islands of Space" by John W Campbell
He's all brag and bounce!
"A Dash from Diamond City" by George Manville Fenn
This threw him into a violent rage, and he began to bounce.
"The Prairie Chief" by R.M. Ballantyne
He bounced in his sleep!
"The Crew of the Water Wagtail" by R.M. Ballantyne
Bounce belonged, of right, to David Bowers, but, being amiable, it acknowledged the part-ownership of all the men.
"Jeff Benson, or the Young Coastguardsman" by R.M. Ballantyne
Dumps, you are too lively for her, too bouncing.
"My Doggie and I" by R.M. Ballantyne
I realize it must sound as if I've had my brains bounced around too much this morning.
"Planet of the Damned" by Harry Harrison
When Brennan had finished he bounced up and circled the desk with quick strides to shake them both by the hand.
"Spring Street" by James H. Richardson
A big stone bounding and bouncing from rock to rock whizzed past my head, and disappeared in the gloom below.
"At the Point of the Sword" by Herbert Hayens
He touched it, fused for a blinding second, and bounced away.
"Suite Mentale" by Gordon Randall Garrett

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
"For I was out till after one,
Surveying chimney-tops and roofs,
And planning how it could be done
Without my reindeers' bouncing hoofs.
"The Hard Times In Elfland [A Story of Christmas Eve]" by Sidney Lanier
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
Then we bounced the ball and started, and for twenty minutes quite
We observed a proper courtesy and a heavenly sense of right,
But Fitzpatrick tipped McDougal in a handy patch of mud,
And the hero rose up, chewing dirt, and famishing for blood.
"A Friendly Game Of Football" by Edward Dyson

In news:

You know things are going well when you find yourself at a sold-out SOhO on a Friday among a crowd that has the dance floor bowing and bouncing with nary enough wiggle room for the hula-hoop harem to do their thing.
Let us now praise the electro-bounce diaspora.
The Spartans bounced back from an earlier loss in the Metro League Girls Soccer Tournament to beat Nathan Hale 3-0 Thursday.
B-Mets Bounce New Britain In Series Finale.
Northmen bounce back, win nightcap .
The unpredictable local bounce superstar Sissy Nobby finally dropped the first official video for her early-2011 album "Suicidal Bounce" last week.
Katey Red, Big Freedia and Sissy Nobby return to the Bingo Parlour for another night of bounce mayhem.
" Nocturne 's" bouncing guitar rifts and synth-pop rhythms create a feeling of viewing small ripples and reflections in puddles on the ground, glistening with the light of the moon.
On Friday, as Gustasfson trimmed an oak tree he saw a gator pull Bounce into deep.
On Friday, as Gustasfson trimmed an oak tree he saw a gator pull Bounce into deep water.
Obama Gets OBL Poll Bounce Even As Fewer Voters Trust Him on Economy.
Obama's Poll Bounce, Post- OBL : Nine Points.
As he bounced around the clubhouse this week, Jose Reyes carried not a worry in the world.
There are so many words that are bounced around these days – words like purpose, passion, happiness – meaningful, important words that are losing their power like a song that is played too often on the radio.
Blake Griffin's 1 Hander Bounce Off Side of Gym At Team USA Practice.

In science:

It can only bounce back instead of having two possible futures (hopping directions).
Anomalous Roughness, Localization, and Globally Constrained Random Walks
The application of quantum gravity to gravitational collapse is a long studied problem. A new and rather surprising results presented by Peter H´aj´ıˇcek, obtained via a careful hamiltonian analysis of the problem came therefore as a surprise: a shell bounces and re-expands, and the singularity disappears.
GR16: Quantum General Relativity
The definition of evolution is based on an asymptotically non-trivial symmetry of the model (time translation element of the BMS group). H´aj´ıˇcek proves in particular, that a version of quantum theory exists, in which the shell bounces and re-expands, and in which the singularity disappears.
GR16: Quantum General Relativity
Wave-functions are obtained in closed form, in the mini-superspace, and the expectation value for the scale factor is computed, yielding a singularity-free, bouncing Universe.
GR16: Quantum General Relativity
In the ideal case, what one means by a “mirror” is that complex probabilities of particle bouncing off of it pick up a factor of i. A good experimentalist would naturally test this assumption in other measurements.
Physics with exotic probability theory