rebound

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 verb: [rɪˈbaʊnd], noun: [ˈriːbaʊnd]



WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
re•bound /v. rɪˈbaʊnd, ˈriˈbaʊnd; n. ˈriˌbaʊnd, rɪˈbaʊnd/USA pronunciation   v. 
    [no object]
  1. to bounce or spring back from the force of hitting something:The ball rebounded off the wall.
  2. to recover, as from ill health or discouragement.
  3. to have a bad effect on someone, as if springing back:His treachery rebounded on him when they discovered his lies.

n. [countable]
  1. the act of rebounding;
    recoil.
Idioms
  1. Idiomson the rebound: 
    • (of a bounced ball) while still in the air:He caught the ball on the rebound.
    • in an attempt to replace a recently lost relationship, esp. a romance.


WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
re•bound  (v. ri bound, rēbound;n. rēbound′, ri bound),USA pronunciation v.i. 
  1. to bound or spring back from force of impact.
  2. to recover, as from ill health or discouragement.
  3. Sport[Basketball.]to gain hold of rebounds:a forward who rebounds well off the offensive board.

v.t. 
  1. to cause to bound back;
    cast back.
  2. Sport[Basketball.]to gain hold of (a rebound):The guard rebounded the ball in backcourt.

n. 
  1. the act of rebounding;
    recoil.
  2. Sport[Basketball.]
    • a ball that bounces off the backboard or the rim of the basket.
    • an instance of gaining hold of such a ball.
  3. Sport[Ice Hockey.]a puck that bounces off the gear or person of a goalkeeper attempting to make a save.
  4. on the rebound: 
    • after bouncing off the ground, a wall, etc.:He hit the ball on the rebound.
    • after being rejected by another:She didn't really love him; she married him on the rebound.
  • Middle French rebondir, equivalent. to Old French re- re- + bondir to bound2
  • Middle English (verb, verbal) 1300–50

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

rebound vb /rɪˈbaʊnd/(intransitive)
  1. to spring back, as from a sudden impact
  2. to misfire, esp so as to hurt the perpetrator
n /ˈriːbaʊnd/
  1. the act or an instance of rebounding
  2. on the reboundin the act of springing back
  3. informal in a state of recovering from rejection, disappointment, etc: he married her on the rebound from an unhappy love affair
Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French rebondir, from re- + bondir to bound²



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