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Meaning of BOUNCE

Pronunciation:  bawns

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a light springing movement upwards or forwards
  2. [n]  the quality of a substance that is able to rebound
  3. [n]  rebounding from an impact (or series of impacts)
  4. [v]  hit something so that it bounces, as of a ball
  5. [v]  eject from the premises; "The ex-boxer's job is to bounce people who want to enter this private club"
  6. [v]  spring back; spring away from an impact; "The rubber ball bounced"; "These particles do not resile but they unite after they collide"
  7. [v]  move up and down repeatedly
  8. [v]  leap suddenly; "He bounced to his feet"
  9. [v]  refuse to accept and send back; "bounce a check"
  10. [v]  come back after being refused; "the check bounced"

BOUNCE is a 6 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: bounciness, bouncing, bound, bound, jounce, leap, leaping, rebound, recoil, resile, reverberate, ricochet, saltation, spring, spring, take a hop
 Antonyms: clear
 See Also: backlash, boot out, bounce, bounce out, bound off, carom, chuck out, come back, decline, eject, elasticity, exclude, expel, get back, glance, go, go back, hit, jump, jump, jumping, kick, kick back, kick out, leap, locomote, move, pass up, pounce, rebound, recoil, refuse, reject, repercussion, return, skip, throw out, travel, turf out, turn down, turn out



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Bounce\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Bounced}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Bouncing}.] [OE. bunsen; cf. D. bonzen to strike, bounce,
    bons blow, LG. bunsen to knock; all prob. of imitative
    1. 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. --Swift.
             Against his bosom bounced his heaving heart.
    2. To leap or spring suddenly or unceremoniously; to bound;
       as, she bounced into the room.
             Out bounced the mastiff.              --Swift.
             Bounced off his arm+chair.            --Thackeray.
    3. To boast; to talk big; to bluster. [Obs.]
  2. \Bounce\, v. t.
    1. To drive against anything suddenly and violently; to bump;
       to thump. --Swift.
    2. To cause to bound or rebound; sometimes, to toss.
    3. To eject violently, as from a room; to discharge
       unceremoniously, as from employment. [Collog. U. S.]
    4. To bully; to scold. [Collog.] --J. Fletcher.
  3. \Bounce\, n.
    1. A sudden leap or bound; a rebound.
    2. A heavy, sudden, and often noisy, blow or thump.
             The bounce burst open the door.       --Dryden.
    3. An explosion, or the noise of one. [Obs.]
    4. Bluster; brag; untruthful boasting; audacious
       exaggeration; an impudent lie; a bouncer. --Johnson. De
    5. (Zo["o]l.) A dogfish of Europe ({Scyllium catulus}).
  4. \Bounce\, adv.
    With a sudden leap; suddenly.
          This impudent puppy comes bounce in upon me.
Computing Dictionary

1. (Perhaps by analogy to a bouncing check) An electronic mail message that is undeliverable and returns an error notification (a "bounce message") to the sender is said to "bounce".

2. To play volleyball. The now-demolished d. c. power lab building used by the stanford ai lab in the 1970s had a volleyball court on the front lawn. From 5 PM to 7 PM was the scheduled maintenance time for the computer, so every afternoon at 5 would come over the intercom the cry: "Now hear this: bounce, bounce!", followed by Brian McCune loudly bouncing a volleyball on the floor outside the offices of known volleyballers.

3. To engage in sexual intercourse; probably from the expression "bouncing the mattress", but influenced by Roo's psychosexually loaded "Try bouncing me, Tigger!" from the "Winnie-the-Pooh" books.

Compare boink.

4. To casually reboot a system in order to clear up a transient problem. Reported primarily among vms users.

5. (VM/CMS programmers) Automatic warm-start of a computer after an error. "I logged on this morning and found it had bounced 7 times during the night"

6. (IBM) To power cycle a peripheral in order to reset it.

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