American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To spring or bounce back after hitting or colliding with something.
- v. To recover, as from depression or disappointment.
- v. To reecho; resound.
- v. Basketball To retrieve and gain possession of the ball as it bounces off the backboard or rim after an unsuccessful shot.
- v. To cause to rebound.
- v. Basketball To gain possession of (the ball) off the backboard or rim.
- n. A springing or bounding back; a recoil.
- n. Sports A rebounding or caroming ball or hockey puck.
- n. Basketball The act or an instance of taking possession of a rebounding ball.
- n. A quick recovery from or reaction to disappointment or depression: He is on the rebound following a tumultuous breakup.
- v. Past tense and past participle of rebind.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To bound or spring back; fly back from force of impact, as an elastic or free-moving body striking against a solid substance.
- To bound or bounce again; repeat a bound or spring; make repeated bounds or springs.
- To fall back; recoil, as to a starting-point or a former state; return as with a spring.
- To send sounds back and forth; reverberate; resound; reëcho.
- Synonyms Rebound, Reverberate, Recoil. Rebound and reverberate apply to that which strikes an unyielding object and bounds back or away; recoil applies to that which springs back from a position of rest, as a cannon or rifle when discharged, or a man and a rattlesnake when they discover their proximity to each other. Reverberate, by onomatopœia, applies chiefly to heavy sounds, but has other special uses (see the word); it has no figurative extension. Recoil is most freely used in figure: as, a man's treachery recoils upon himself; in sudden fright the blood recoils upon the heart.
- To throw or drive back, as sound; make an echo or reverberation of; repeat as an echo or echoes.
- n. The act of flying back on collision with another body; a bounding back or in reverse; resilience; recoil; reëcho; reverberation.
- n. The recoil of an object bouncing off another.
- n. A return to health or well-being; a recovery.
- n. An effort to recover from a setback.
- n. A romantic partner with whom one begins a relationship (or the relationship one begins) for the sake of getting over a previous, recently-ended romantic relationship.
- n. sports The strike of the ball after it has bounced off a defending player, the crossbar or goalpost.
- n. basketball An instance of catching the ball after it has hit the rim or backboard without a basket being scored, generally credited to a particular player.
- v. To bound or spring back from a force.
- v. figuratively To jump up or get back up again.
- v. Simple past tense and past participle of rebind.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To spring back; to start back; to be sent back or reverberated by elastic force on collision with another body.
- v. rare To give back an echo.
- v. To bound again or repeatedly, as a horse.
- v. to recover, as from sickness, psychological shock, or disappointment.
- v. To send back; to reverberate.
- n. The act of rebounding; resilience.
- n. recovery, as from sickness, psychological shock, or disappointment.
- v. return to a former condition
- n. the act of securing possession of the rebounding basketball after a missed shot
- v. spring back; spring away from an impact
- n. a movement back from an impact
- n. a reaction to a crisis or setback or frustration
- see rebind (Wiktionary)
- Middle English rebounden, from Old French rebondir : re-, re- + bondir, to leap; see bound1. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Banking stocks, which have been hard-hit recently, staged a mini-rebound though I use the word rebound with caution.”
“It may also be a natural rebound from a pretty bad fourth quarter, when [...]”
“It may also be a natural rebound from a pretty bad fourth quarter, when broadband net adds skidded at most ISPs.”
“New short-term oversold extremes mean probabilities are increasing for a short-term rebound, but a rebound is probably a reflex affair in a medium-term trend that just turned down," Mr. Roth said.”
“Last week: Biffle hopes to rebound from a 22nd-place finish at Richmond.”
“True, the politics are really, really, really simple: If the rebound is slower than Rove just predicted, then he can say: Ha! Obama screwed everything up by passing the stimulus plan!”
“It has since climbed back a bit, but the relatively strong growth of the past decade should be seen mainly as a rebound from the 1990s trough.”
“That's a rebound from the dismal days of 2008 and 2009.”
“The rise marks a rebound from the previous month's decline and signals rising industrial production for the coming months.”
“The American Red Cross in Greater New York will name as its new chief executive a former insurance executive to help the organization rebound from the two years of declining donations and government funding that have plagued nonprofits during the economic slump.”
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