from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To move or cause to move with bumps and jolts; bounce.
  • n. A rough, jolting movement; a jolt.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To jolt; to shake, especially by rough riding or by driving over obstructions.
  • n. The fourth derivative of the position vector with respect to time; the time derivative of jerk.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A jolt; a shake; a hard trot.
  • v. To jolt; to shake, especially by rough riding or by driving over obstructions.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To jolt; shake, especially by rough riding.
  • n. A sudden, violent up-and-down jolting motion; a jolt or shake.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. move up and down repeatedly
  • n. a sudden jarring impact


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English jouncen.


  • But it is in going down hill, and leaping from a "jounce" that the skier is at his best.

    Healthful Sports for Boys

  • The eight occupants began to "jounce" when opposite the Orde place, and Bobby saw with admiration that this was a

    The Adventures of Bobby Orde

  • It looks like a left index finger rising slightly toward the sky, and right index and middle fingers coming down to curve around it and jounce up and down.

    What sign-language interpreters make of the likes of Lady Gaga and Bon Jovi

  • They hop on anyway, sidesaddle, legs dangling, with baskets, with boxes, with a small kid or whatever, and jounce around town.

    4 Campoalegre « Unknowing

  • While the bass and the drums undeniably take control of your hips, it's more of a slow and purposeful rock that you'd utilize in an after-hours lounge-type scape, rather than a fast and furious jounce that would be appropriate in a dance club.

    Alyssa Miele: Neon Indian, Miniature Tigers, Nite Jewel, the Dom and Prefuse 73 Rock Governor's Island

  • Were here, announced Jace as the smooth roll of wheels over pavement turned to the jounce of cobblestones.

    The Mortal Instruments: Book One: City of Bones

  • No sense just giving the cart a push and letting it jounce down, when it might crash to flinders at the bottom.

    The Warslayer

  • Then, stooping, I stepped in between her and the man in the jump seat, feeling the little jounce and sag of the carriage body under my weight.

    Time and Again

  • To the exact rhythm of our horses 'hoofs and the jounce of our bells, we lined it out: Bells on bobtail ring!

    Time and Again

  • The slow absolutely regular clip-clop, clip-clop of our horse's hoofs on the hard-packed snow — a little louder and more ringing when we crossed bare cobbles — was soothing, and so was the rhythmical sway and slight jounce of the hansom body on its springs.

    Time and Again


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    March 13, 2013

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    Is it some dictionary-riffling army of bots?

    March 12, 2013

  • Rhymes with and is synonymous with bounce

    April 7, 2012

  • The wheel ... leaped and jounced along, and the exasperated pig could only tear after.

    - William Steig, Farmer Palmer's Wagon Ride

    September 29, 2008