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BOUNCE, verb intransitive

1. To leap or spring; to fly or rush out suddenly.

Out bounced the mastiff.

2. To spring or leap against any thing, so as to rebound; to beat or thump by a spring.

Against his bosom bounced his heaving heart.

3. To beat hard, or thump, so as to make a sudden noise.

Another bounced as hard as he could knock.

4. To boast or bully; used in familiar speech.

5. To be bold or strong.

BOUNCE, noun A heavy blow, thrust or thump with a large solid body.

The bounce burst open the door.

1. A loud heavy sound, as by an explosion.

2. A boast; a threat; in low language.

3. A fish; a species of squalus or shark.