American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To rebound after having struck an object or a surface.
- v. To move jerkily; bump: The car bounced over the potholes.
- v. To bound: children bouncing into the room.
- v. To be sent back by a bank as valueless: a check that bounced.
- v. Baseball To hit a ground ball to an infielder: The batter bounced out to the shortstop.
- v. To cause to strike an object or a surface and rebound: bounce a ball on the sidewalk.
- v. To present or propose for comment or approval. Often used with off: bounced a few ideas off my boss.
- v. Slang To expel by force.
- v. Slang To dismiss from employment. See Synonyms at dismiss.
- v. To write (a check) on an overdrawn bank account.
- n. A rebound.
- n. A sudden bound, spring, or leap.
- n. The capacity to rebound; spring: a ball with bounce.
- n. Spirit; liveliness.
- n. Slang Expulsion; dismissal.
- n. Chiefly British Loud, arrogant speech; bluster.
- bounce back To recover quickly, as from a setback: The patient bounced back to good health.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To beat; thump; knock; bang.
- To cause to bound or spring: as, to bounce a ball.
- To eject or turn out without ceremony; expel vigorously; hence, to dismiss or discharge summarily, as from one's employment or post.
- To beat hard or thump, so as to make a sudden noise.
- To spring or leap against anything, so as to rebound; beat or thump by a spring; spring up with a rebound.
- To leap or spring; come or go unceremoniously.
- To boast or bluster; exaggerate; lie.
- n. A sudden spring or leap.
- n. A bound or rebound: as, you must strike the ball on the bounce.
- n. A heavy blow, thrust, or thump.
- n. A loud heavy sound, as of an explosion; a sudden crack or noise.
- n. A boast; a piece of brag or bluster; boastful language; exaggeration.
- n. A bold or impudent lie; a downright falsehood; a bouncer.
- n. Expulsion; discharge; dismissal.
- n. [Perhaps of diff. origin.] A local English name of the dogfish or shark, Scylliorhinus catulus.
- With a bounce; suddenly.
- v. intransitive To change the direction of motion after hitting an obstacle.
- v. intransitive To move quickly up and then down, or vice versa, once or repeatedly.
- v. transitive To cause to move quickly up and then down, or vice versa, once or repeatedly.
- v. intransitive, informal To be refused by a bank because it is drawn on insufficient funds.
- v. transitive, informal To fail to cover (have sufficient funds for) (a draft presented against one's account).
- v. intransitive, slang To leave.
- v. intransitive, slang, African American Vernacular (sometimes employing the preposition with) To have sexual intercourse.
- v. transitive, air combat To attack unexpectedly.
- v. intransitive, electronics To turn power off and back on; to reset
- v. intransitive, Internet To return undelivered.
- v. intransitive, aviation To land hard and lift off again due to excess momentum.
- n. A change of direction of motion after hitting the ground or an obstacle.
- n. A movement up and then down (or vice versa), once or repeatedly.
- n. An email return with any error.
- n. The sack, licensing
- n. A bang, boom
- n. A genre of New Orleans music.
- n. slang, African American Vernacular Drugs.
- n. slang, African American Vernacular Swagger.
- n. slang, African American Vernacular A 'good' beat.
- n. slang, African American Vernacular A talent for leaping.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To strike or thump, so as to rebound, or to make a sudden noise; a knock loudly.
- v. To leap or spring suddenly or unceremoniously; to bound.
- v. obsolete To boast; to talk big; to bluster.
- v. To drive against anything suddenly and violently; to bump; to thump.
- v. To cause to bound or rebound; sometimes, to toss.
- v. Collog. U. S. To eject violently, as from a room; to discharge unceremoniously, as from employment.
- v. Collog. To bully; to scold.
- n. A sudden leap or bound; a rebound.
- n. A heavy, sudden, and often noisy, blow or thump.
- n. obsolete An explosion, or the noise of one.
- n. Bluster; brag; untruthful boasting; audacious exaggeration; an impudent lie; a bouncer.
- n. (Zoöl.) A dogfish of Europe (Scyllium catulus).
- adv. With a sudden leap; suddenly.
- v. move up and down repeatedly
- n. a light, self-propelled movement upwards or forwards
- v. spring back; spring away from an impact
- n. the quality of a substance that is able to rebound
- v. refuse to accept and send back
- v. come back after being refused
- n. rebounding from an impact (or series of impacts)
- v. eject from the premises
- v. hit something so that it bounces
- v. leap suddenly
- Probably from Middle English bounsen, to beat. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“Thursday's decline "isn't anything more than a pullback off of the short-term bounce that has been incredibly strong over the last few days," said Brian Lazorishak , portfolio manager and quantitative analyst at Chase Investment Counsel.”
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