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

  • intransitive v. To spring or bounce back after hitting or colliding with something.
  • intransitive v. To recover, as from depression or disappointment.
  • intransitive v. To reecho; resound.
  • intransitive v. Basketball To retrieve and gain possession of the ball as it bounces off the backboard or rim after an unsuccessful shot.
  • transitive v. To cause to rebound.
  • transitive v. Basketball To gain possession of (the ball) off the backboard or rim.
  • n. A springing or bounding back; a recoil.
  • n. Sports A rebounding or caroming ball or hockey puck.
  • n. Basketball The act or an instance of taking possession of a rebounding ball.
  • n. A quick recovery from or reaction to disappointment or depression: He is on the rebound following a tumultuous breakup.
  • v. Past tense and past participle of rebind.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The recoil of an object bouncing off another.
  • n. A return to health or well-being; a recovery.
  • n. An effort to recover from a setback.
  • n. A romantic partner with whom one begins a relationship (or the relationship one begins) for the sake of getting over a previous, recently-ended romantic relationship.
  • n. The strike of the ball after it has bounced off a defending player, the crossbar or goalpost.
  • n. An instance of catching the ball after it has hit the rim or backboard without a basket being scored, generally credited to a particular player.
  • v. To bound or spring back from a force.
  • v. To jump up or get back up again.
  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of rebind.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of rebounding; resilience.
  • n. recovery, as from sickness, psychological shock, or disappointment.
  • intransitive v. To spring back; to start back; to be sent back or reverberated by elastic force on collision with another body.
  • intransitive v. To give back an echo.
  • intransitive v. To bound again or repeatedly, as a horse.
  • intransitive v. to recover, as from sickness, psychological shock, or disappointment.
  • transitive v. To send back; to reverberate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To bound or spring back; fly back from force of impact, as an elastic or free-moving body striking against a solid substance.
  • To bound or bounce again; repeat a bound or spring; make repeated bounds or springs.
  • To fall back; recoil, as to a starting-point or a former state; return as with a spring.
  • To send sounds back and forth; reverberate; resound; reëcho.
  • Synonyms Rebound, Reverberate, Recoil. Rebound and reverberate apply to that which strikes an unyielding object and bounds back or away; recoil applies to that which springs back from a position of rest, as a cannon or rifle when discharged, or a man and a rattlesnake when they discover their proximity to each other. Reverberate, by onomatopœia, applies chiefly to heavy sounds, but has other special uses (see the word); it has no figurative extension. Recoil is most freely used in figure: as, a man's treachery recoils upon himself; in sudden fright the blood recoils upon the heart.
  • To throw or drive back, as sound; make an echo or reverberation of; repeat as an echo or echoes.
  • n. The act of flying back on collision with another body; a bounding back or in reverse; resilience; recoil; reëcho; reverberation.

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

  • v. return to a former condition
  • n. the act of securing possession of the rebounding basketball after a missed shot
  • v. spring back; spring away from an impact
  • n. a movement back from an impact
  • n. a reaction to a crisis or setback or frustration


Middle English rebounden, from Old French rebondir : re-, re- + bondir, to leap; see bound1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French rebondir. (Wiktionary)
see rebind (Wiktionary)



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  • Used to describe a book from which the entire original binding has been removed and replaced with a newer one. Compare with rebacked.

    February 22, 2007