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English noun: bounce

1. bounce (attribute) the quality of a substance that is able to rebound


Broader (hypernym)elasticity, snap

2. bounce (act) a light, self-propelled movement upwards or forwards

Synonymsbound, leap, leaping, saltation, spring

Broader (hypernym)jump, jumping

Narrower (hyponym)caper, capriole, pounce

3. bounce (event) rebounding from an impact (or series of impacts)


Broader (hypernym)backlash, rebound, recoil, repercussion

English verb: bounce

1. bounce (motion) spring back; spring away from an impact

SamplesThe rubber ball bounced.
These particles do not resile but they unite after they collide.

Synonymsbound, rebound, recoil, resile, reverberate, ricochet, spring, take a hop

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP

Broader (hypernym)bound, jump, leap, spring

Narrower (hyponym)bound off, carom, kick, kick back, recoil, skip

2. bounce (contact) hit something so that it bounces

SamplesBounce a ball.

ExamplesThe children bounce the ball

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)hit

Narrower (hyponym)bounce out

3. bounce (motion) move up and down repeatedly

ExamplesThe balls bounce , These balls bounce easily


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)go, locomote, move, travel

4. bounce (possession) come back after being refused

SamplesThe check bounced.

ExamplesThe checks bounce

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP

Broader (hypernym)return

Verb groupbounce


5. bounce (motion) leap suddenly

SamplesHe bounced to his feet.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)bound, jump, leap, spring

6. bounce (possession) refuse to accept and send back

SamplesBounce a check.

ExamplesThe banks bounce the check

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)decline, pass up, refuse, reject, turn down


Verb groupbounce

7. bounce (contact) eject from the premises

SamplesThe ex-boxer's job is to bounce people who want to enter this private club.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)boot out, chuck out, eject, exclude, turf out, turn out

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