Definitions

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

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

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

Etymologies

Middle English jouncen.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • 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

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • Looks like normal Twitter fare to me, bilby.

    March 13, 2013

  • What's with tweets of this ilk:
    Jounce marketing research baksheesh: .xMI
    Entertainment industry gelt jounce: .rNh
    Eh cabalistic recruiters wonting jounce?: .FeQ
    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