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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun bounce:

bounceboundleapspring

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb bounce:

reboundreverberaterecoilbouncespringbound
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Definition of the noun bounce

What does bounce mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: bounces

  1. the quality of a substance that is able to rebound
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • synonym of bounce: bounciness
    • more generic words: elasticity / snap = the tendency of a body to return to its original shape after it has been stretched or compressed
  2. a light, self-propelled movement upwards or forwards
  3. rebounding from an impact (or series of impacts)

Alternative definition of the noun bounce

noun

  1. A change of direction of motion after hitting an obstacle.
  2. A movement up and then down (or vice versa), once or repeatedly.
  3. An email return with any error.
  4. The sack, licensing
  5. A bang, boom
  6. A genre of New Orleans music.
  7. [slang, African American Vernacular English] Drugs.
  8. [slang, African American Vernacular English] Swagger.
  9. [slang, African American Vernacular English] A 'good' beat.
  10. [slang, African American Vernacular English] A talent for leaping.

Specialised definition of the noun bounce

Glossary of sports / golf

the projection at the bottom of the back of a wedge (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

Definition of the verb bounce

What does bounce mean as a doing word?

Bounce is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: bounced | bouncing | bounces

  1. spring back; spring away from an impact
    • example: The rubber ball bounced
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formulaVerbs with the same syntax
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Theme]Bill rolled the ballVerbs of Motion: coil, drift, drop, float, glide, move, revolve, roll, rotate, slide, snake, soar, spin, spiral, swing, turn, twirl, twist, undulate, whirl, wind
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Theme] [Adjective]Bill rolled the drawer open | He rode her seasick | He skated Penny exhausted | Tom walked the dog exhausted
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Theme] to / into [Oblique, state]Bill rolled the drawer to an open position | He rode her to sickness | He skated Penny to exhaustion | Tom walked the dog to exhaustion
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Theme] [Path Preposition] [Location]Bill rolled the ball down the hill
      [Theme - concrete object] [Verb]Claire skated | The ball rolled | They waltzed
      [Theme - concrete object] [Verb] [Adjective]The drawer rolled open
      [Theme - concrete object] [Verb] to / into [Oblique, state]The drawer rolled to an open position
      [Theme - concrete object] [Verb] [Spatial Preposition] [Location]The ball rolled down the hill
      there [Verb] [Theme, indefinite] [Path Preposition] [Location]There jumped a little white rabbit out of the boxVerbs of Motion: amble, backpack, bolt, bound, bowl, canter, carom, cavort, charge, clamber, climb, clump, coast, crawl, creep, dart, dash, dodder, drift, file, flit, float, fly, frolic, gallop, gambol, glide, goose step, hasten, hike, hobble, hop, hurry, hurtle, inch, jog, journey, jump, leap, limp, lollop, lope, lumber, lurch, march, meander, mince, mosey, nip, pad, parade, perambulate, plod, prance, promenade, prowl, race, ramble, roam, roll, romp, rove, run, rush, sashay, saunter, scamper, scoot, scram, scramble, scud, scurry, scuttle, shamble, shuffle, sidle, skedaddle, skip, skitter, skulk, sleepwalk, slide, slink, slither, slog, slouch, sneak, somersault, speed, stagger, step, stomp, stray, streak, stride, stroll, strut, stumble, stump, swagger, sweep, swerve, swim, tack, tear, tiptoe, toddle, toil, totter, tour, traipse, tramp, travel, trek, troop, trot, trudge, trundle, vault, waddle, wade, walk, wander, weave, whiz, zigzag, zoom
      there [Verb] [Path Preposition] [Location, concrete] [Theme, indefinite]There jumped out of the box a little white rabbit
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme]He skated Penny | Tom jumped the horse
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme] [Adjective]Bill rolled the drawer open | He rode her seasick | He skated Penny exhausted | Tom walked the dog exhausted
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme] to / into [Oblique, state]Bill rolled the drawer to an open position | He rode her to sickness | He skated Penny to exhaustion | Tom walked the dog to exhaustion
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme] [Spatial Preposition] [Location]Tom jumped the horse over the fence
      [Theme - being or machine] [Verb]The horse jumped
      [Theme - being or machine] [Verb] [Location, concrete]The horse jumped the stream
      [Theme - being or machine] [Verb] [Oblique 1] to / into [Oblique 2, state]Claire skated her skates blades to shreds | She waltzed herself to sickness | We walked ourselves into a state of exhaustion
      [Theme - being or machine] [Verb] [Oblique 1] [Path Preposition] [Oblique 2]Tom ran the soles off his shoes
      [Theme - being or machine] [Verb] [Spatial Preposition] [Location]The horse jumped over the fence
      [Path Preposition] [Location] [Verb] [Theme]Out of the box jumped a little white rabbit
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Destination] [Theme]Carla slid John the books | Nora brought Pamela the bookVerbs of Sending and Carrying: float, roll, slide
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Theme]Carla slid the books
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Theme] to [Destination]Carla slid the books to the floor
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Theme] [Path Preposition, except: at / to / towards / for ] [Source]Carla slid the books across the table
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Theme] from / out / out of / off / off of [Source] to [Destination]Carla slid the books from one end of the table to the other
      [Theme - concrete object] [Verb]The books slid
      [Theme - concrete object] [Verb] to [Destination]The books slid to the floor
      [Theme - concrete object] [Verb] [Path Preposition, except: at / to / towards / for ] [Source]The books slid from the table
      [Theme - concrete object] [Verb] from / out / out of / off / off of [Source] to [Destination]The books slid from the table to the floor
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • synonyms of bounce: bound / rebound / recoil / resile / reverberate / ricochet / spring / take a hop
    • more generic words: bound / jump / leap / spring = move forward by leaps and bounds
    • more specific terms:
  2. hit something so that it bounces
    • examples: bounce a ball | The children bounce the ball
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic word: hit = cause to move by striking
    • more specific term: bounce out = bounce a ball so that it becomes an out
  3. move up and down repeatedly
    • examples: The balls bounce | These balls bounce easily
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • synonym of bounce: jounce
    • more generic words: go / locomote / move / travel = change location
  4. come back after being refused
    • examples: the check bounced | The checks bounce
    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • antonym: clear
    • more generic word: return = go or come back to place, condition, or activity where one has been before
  5. leap suddenly
    • example: He bounced to his feet
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Destination] [Theme]Carla slid John the books | Nora brought Pamela the book
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Theme]Carla slid the books
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Theme] to [Destination]Carla slid the books to the floor
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Theme] [Path Preposition, except: at / to / towards / for ] [Source]Carla slid the books across the table
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Theme] from / out / out of / off / off of [Source] to [Destination]Carla slid the books from one end of the table to the other
      [Theme - concrete object] [Verb]The books slid
      [Theme - concrete object] [Verb] to [Destination]The books slid to the floor
      [Theme - concrete object] [Verb] [Path Preposition, except: at / to / towards / for ] [Source]The books slid from the table
      [Theme - concrete object] [Verb] from / out / out of / off / off of [Source] to [Destination]The books slid from the table to the floor

      Verbs of Sending and Carrying (with the same syntax): float, roll, slide.

    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • more generic words: bound / jump / leap / spring = move forward by leaps and bounds
  6. refuse to accept and send back
  7. eject from the premises
    • example: The ex-boxer's job is to bounce people who want to enter this private club
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic terms: boot out / chuck out / eject / exclude / turf out / turn out = put out or expel from a place

Alternative definition of the verb bounce

verb

  1. [intransitive] To change the direction of motion after hitting an obstacle.
  2. [intransitive] To move quickly up and then down, or vice versa, once or repeatedly.
  3. [transitive] To cause to move quickly up and then down, or vice versa, once or repeatedly.
  4. [intransitive, informal, of a cheque/check] To be refused by a bank because it is drawn on insufficient funds.
  5. [transitive, informal] To fail to cover [gloss, have sufficient funds for] (a draft presented against one's account).
  6. [intransitive, slang, African American Vernacular English] To leave.
  7. [intransitive, slang, African American Vernacular English] (sometimes employing the preposition with) To have sexual intercourse.
  8. [transitive, air combat] To attack unexpectedly.
  9. [intransitive, electronics] To turn power off and back on; to reset
  10. [intransitive, Internet, of an e-mail message or address] To return undelivered.
  11. [intransitive, aviation] To land hard and lift off again due to excess momentum.

Specialised definition of the verb bounce

Glossary of sports / Gaelic football

if a player bounces the ball, he bounces it from hand to ground and back to hand again. This is a way of a player retaining possession and gaining ground (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

Films

  1. "Bounce" is a 2000 American romantic drama film starring Ben Affleck and Gwyneth Paltrow and directed by Don Roos.
  2. Bounce a.k.a. Hit the Floor, originally titled Bounce, is an American drama television series on VH1 series, created by James LaRosa. The series follows Ahsha, a girl who joins the NBA Cheerleading team the Los Angeles Devil Girls, unaware of the treacherous and tempting world that follows. It debuted on May 27, 2013.
  3. "Bounce" is a film, directed by Chi Chi LaRue.

Writings

"Bounce" a.k.a. "Road Show" is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by John Weidman. It tells the story of Addison Mizner and his brother Wilson Mizner's adventures across America from the beginning of the 20th century during the Alaskan Gold rush to the Florida real estate boom in the 1920s.

Music

  1. "Bounce" is a song by Australian rapper Iggy Azalea from her debut album, The New Classic. Written by Azalea, Speedy Jay, Talay Riley, Oladayo Olatunji and Natalie Sims, it was produced and co-written by Reeva & Black. The summer anthem differed stylistically from Azalea's previous releases, with club and pop-rap influences.
  2. "Bounce" is the eighth studio album by American rock band Bon Jovi, released on October 8, 2002 through Island Records. Produced by Luke Ebbin, Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora, the album was recorded at Sanctuary II Studio in New Jersey.
  3. "Bounce" is a song by Scottish DJ Calvin Harris. The song features American singer-songwriter Kelis and is a move away from Harris singing, concentrating more on production. It was released on 12 June 2011 as the first single from Harris' third studio album 18 Months.
  4. "Bounce" is a song by German recording artist Sarah Connor, taken from her second studio album, Unbelievable. Written by Bülent Aris, Toni Cottura, and Anthony Freeman, with production helmed by the former, the uptempo pop song samples Mary J. Blige's 2001 song "Family Affair", while featuring guest vocals p by rapper Mr. Freeman. "Bounce" was originally released as the album's fourth and final single in Central Europe on 21 July 2003, amid Connor's first pregnancy. It reached the top twenty in Austria, Germany, Switzerland, and Walloon Region of Belgium.
  5. "Bounce" was Tarkan's debut English language single. It was released in Turkey, his home nation, on 25 October 2005, before being released in Germany on 24 March 2006.
  6. "Bounce" is the first and also the debut single of South Korean duo, JJ Project. The album has a total of four tracks, including the title track "Bounce". It was released on May 22, 2012.
  7. "Bounce" is a 2003 jazz album by Terence Blanchard, released through Blue Note.
    • genres: Jazz, Post-bop
    • released on (12 years ago)
  8. "Bounce" a.k.a. "Sarah Connor": Sarah Connor is a compilation album by German soul/R&B singer Sarah Connor, released in 2004. It served as her debut album in the United States.
  9. "Bounce": It was released as a promotional single in the US on February 8, 2008. It was featured in the soundtrack for Step Up 2: The Streets. It features a chorus from Justin Timberlake and features rap verses from Dr. Dre and Missy Elliott. It peaked at #93 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song uses an uncredited sample of the song "Dirty Talk" by Klein + M.B.O.[11].
  10. "Bounce" is a song by American rock band Bon Jovi. It was released as the fourth single from the band's 2002 album of the same name to US Rock Radio only, where it peaked at #39 on the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks charts in 2003. It is dedicated to Bill Belichick, the head coach of the New England Patriots, a National Football League team. It was also released as a double A-side with "Misunderstood" in Japan on 18 November 2002.
  11. "Bounce" is a 2005 single album by Tarkan.
    • released on (9 years ago)
  12. "Bounce" is a 2011 single album by Calvin Harris.
    • released on (4 years ago)
  13. "Bounce" is a musical album of Mychael Danna, soundtrack.
    • also known as Bounce Soundtrack
    • released on (14 years ago)
  14. "Bounce" is the 2013 EP by Iggy Azalea.
    • released on
  15. "Bounce" is a musical single of MSTRKRFT.
    • released on (7 years ago)

Miscellanea

  1. Bounce a.k.a. BNC: A BNC is a piece of software that is used to relay traffic and connections in computer networks, much like a proxy. Using a BNC allows a user to hide the original source of the user's connection, providing privacy as well as the ability to route traffic through a specific location. A BNC can also be used to hide the true target to which a user connects.
    • read more about BNC
  2. Bounce: In golf, bounce or bounce angle is the angle inscribed by the leading edge of a golfing iron, the sole of the club, and the ground. In plainer terms, bounce angle is an indication of how much the sole, or bottom-most part, of the club head lifts the leading edge. A high bounce angle indicates a sole which lifts the leading edge significantly, whereas a club with little or no bounce allows the leading edge to contact the ground without interference.
  3. Bounce is the Goodman Theatre's theatre production of the play by John Weidman. It was performed at the Albert Ivar Goodman Theatre and toured at the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater in 2003.
    • award:
      • Helen Hayes Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress, Non-Resident Production (for the production at the Kennedy Center Opera House) nomination for Michele Pawk
      • Helen Hayes Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor, Non-Resident Production (for the production at the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theatre) nomination for Richard Kind
      • Helen Hayes Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor, Non-Resident Production (for the production at the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theatre) nomination for Howard McGillin

Phrases with Bounce

Phrases starting with the word Bounce:

  1. Bounce Off
  2. bounce out
  3. bounce back
  4. Bounce House
  5. Bounce Off the Walls

Phrases ending with the word Bounce:

  1. to bounce
  2. Air Bounce
  3. Moon Bounce
  4. Brown Bounce
  5. On the Bounce
  6. Dead cat bounce
  7. give the bounce

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Bounce

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Google previewThe Cosmic Compendium: The Ultimate Fate of the Universe

by Rupert W Anderson

The Big Bounce is a hypothetical scientific model of the formation of the known universe. It is implied by the cyclic model or oscillatory universe interpretation of the Big Bang where the first cosmological event was the result of the collapse of a ...

Google previewElectrical Contacts (2013)

Principles and Applications, Second Edition by Paul G. Slade

Contact Bounce As discussed above, contact bounce is the major factor for variations in electrical ero- sion especially for...

Bounce is a bigger problem for DC lamp loads than in AC since the transfer remains from anode to cathode and ...

Google previewSuccess Platforms (2014)

The Breakthrough Guide to the Success Secrets of Corporations and Millionaires by Bryan Eaton

A hard bounce is an email returned as an invalid address. A soft bounce is a returned email for a temporary error identified by the mail server. Reducing any error in your email campaigns is important. Remember everything online is tracked.

Google previewThe Capstone Encyclopaedia of Business (2013)

The Most Up-To-Date and Accessible Guide to Business Ever by Capstone

html Dead-cat bounce The dead-cat bounce is a term that refers to the phenomenon that occurs when there is a sudden but temporary upswing in a falling market. The term was coined by ...

Google previewThe Impending Sword (1875)

A Novel ... by Edmund Yates

Mr Orlando Bounce is the youngest of elderly gentlemen, the brightest, cheeriest, emptiest rattletrap who for a half-century has been acting light lovers and dashing roues, and who, if rumour is to be believed, has, during the same period, ...

Google previewFundamentals of Python: First Programs (2011)

by Kenneth A. Lambert

The total distance traveled for a single bounce is the sum of the distance down and the distance back up. The user may enter the inputs any number of times before quitting the program. The first version of the bouncy program includes a ...

Google previewHandbook of Information Security, Key Concepts, Infrastructure, Standards, and Protocols (2006)

by Hossein Bidgoli

Signal bounce is the result of a broadcast signal that continues to oscillate. The terminator is used to absorb the signal once it has reached the end of the cable, thus eliminating signal bounce. The ring topology (seeFigure 5) is similar to bus ...

Google previewSignal Integrity (2004)

Simplified by Eric Bogatin

This is the origin of some reflection noise, cross talk, switching noise, ground bounce, rail collapse, and some EMI. 7. Ground bounce is the voltage created on the ground return conductor due to changing currents through the total inductance ...

Google previewThe American Riding System (2011)

Foundation for All Types of Riding by Peggy Vurgason

A bounce is a no stride in and out spaced. 81 The American Riding System.

Google previewPenn Clinical Manual of Urology E-Book (2014)

Expert Consult - Online by Philip M Hanno, Thomas J. Guzzo, S. Bruce Malkowicz, Alan J. Wein

A PSA bounce is a temporary PSA rise after the initial postradiation PSA drop. The etiology is not clear, but occurs about 18 months (range 6 to 36 months) after radiation. If the clinician is too sensitive to the results of the serum PSA, the risk of ...

Google previewControlling Radiated Emissions by Design (2014)

by Michel Mardiguian

The so-called ground bounce is a common impedance problem between the chip and the host PCB [5, 15] caused by the dI/dt effect in the IC ground lead (bonding wire plus pin). A single poorly designed oscillator, or drivers with too much ...

Google previewEnergy Industry

by Benchmark Email

A hard bounce is a more serious problem, as the fault lies with the sender. If you are repeatedly sending emails to an address that is non-existent or blocked for any reason, the various ISPs that route traffic around the internet will place you ...

Google previewTrading and Exchanges (2002)

Market Microstructure for Practitioners by Larry Harris

Bid/ask bounce is a minor form of price volatility caused by impatient traders who demand immediacy. The transitory spread component is responsible for bid/ask bounce. 14.2.2 The Adverse Selection Spread Component Since dealers.

Google previewStories from the Round Barn (2000)

by Jacqueline Dougan Jackson

Bounce is a rat terrier. Maybe Grama loves Bounce, but Bounce is not an easy dog to love. One day Jackie and Craig are up on the flat part of the milkhouse roof. They notice a dog out on the road. It's walking strangely, in a weaving, STORIES ...

Google previewIllinois Women Novelists in the Nineteenth Century (1994)

An Analysis and Annotated Bibliography by Bernice E. Gallagher

Miss Bounce is an equally interesting character.

Google previewPlay Practice 2nd Edition (2013)

The centre bounce is a critical phase of the game that represents a perfect moment of transition where both teams must be ready for instant attack or defence. In this contest, 2 ruck players run in and compete to knock a high- bounced ball down ...

Google previewManaging E-commerce in Business (2008)

by J. Botha, C. H. Bothma, Pieter Geldenhuys

A hard bounce is a message that never leaves the mail server. This is the case when the recipient's e-mail server is unreachable. Soft bounces are messages returned from the recipients e-mail server for various reasons. After a message ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Slang, Jargon & Cant (1889)

Embracing English, American, and Anglo-Indian Slang, Pidgin English, Tinker's Jargon and Other Irregular Phraseology by Albert Barrère, Charles Godfrey Leland

Bounce ( common), cherry-brandy. (Popular and thieves), a bully or swell ; a " rank bounce, " a great ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Stage Lighting (2008)

Advertisers in the Golden Age of Broadcasting by Jim Cox

BOUNCE—In the context of a computer lightboard, this refers to a chase sequence in which the steps run first in forward order (¡, 2, 3) and then in reverse order (3, 2, ¡). BOUNCE LIGHT—Di›usely reflected light, resulting from light hitting an ...

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Usage statistics about bounce

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun bounce:

bounceboundleapspring

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb bounce:

reboundreverberaterecoilbouncespringbound

Comparison of usage frequency between the verb bounce and its most common antonym:

clearbounce

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Small photo of Pork Bounce with Carrot, Corn, Cooking wooden paddles On the plate / thai style / DIY.Small photo of Modern teen contemporary dancer poses in front of the studio background. Toned image. Like a doll view. bounce viewSmall photo of London November 2017. A front view of Bounce in Holborn. Bounce is a bar and restaurant with ping-pong (table tennis) tables.Small photo of London November 2017. A front view of Bounce in Holborn. Bounce is a bar and restaurant with ping-pong (table tennis) tables.Small photo of Child jumping on colorful playground trampoline. Kids jump in inflatable bounce castle on kindergarten birthday party Activity and play center for young child. Little boy playing outdoors in summer.Small photo of Child jumping on colorful playground trampoline. Kids jump in inflatable bounce castle on kindergarten birthday party Activity and play center for young child. Little girl playing outdoors in summer.Small photo of Vail, Colorado / USA - 06-08-18 GoPro Mountain Games Slackline Invitational back bounce More...

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Quotes about Bounce

Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom. (George S. Patton)
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Scrabble value of B3O1U1N1C3E1

The value of this 6-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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