What is the difference between bounce and bound?

bounce | bound |

As verbs the difference between bounce and bound

is that bounce is to change the direction of motion after hitting an obstacle while bound is (bind) or bound can be to surround a territory or other geographical entity or bound can be to leap, move by jumping.

As nouns the difference between bounce and bound

is that bounce is a change of direction of motion after hitting the ground or an obstacle while bound is (often|used in plural) a boundary, the border which one must cross in order to enter or leave a territory or bound can be a sizeable jump, great leap.

As a adjective bound is

(with infinitive) obliged (to) or bound can be (obsolete) ready, prepared.



(wikipedia bounce)


  • To change the direction of motion after hitting an obstacle.
  • The tennis ball bounced off the wall before coming to rest in the ditch.
  • To move quickly up and then down, or vice versa, once or repeatedly.
  • He bounces nervously on his chair.
  • * {{quote-news, year=2012
  • , date=May 13 , author=Alistair Magowan , title=Sunderland 0-1 Man Utd , work=BBC Sport citation , page= , passage=The Black Cats contributed to their own downfall for the only goal when Titus Bramble, making his first appearance since Boxing Day, and Michael Turner, let Phil Jones' cross bounce across the six-yard box as Rooney tucked in at the back post.}}
  • To cause to move quickly up and then down, or vice versa, once or repeatedly.
  • He bounced the child on his knee.
  • To leap or spring suddenly or unceremoniously; to bound.
  • She bounced into the room.
  • To be refused by a bank because it is drawn on insufficient funds.
  • We can’t accept further checks from you, as your last one bounced .
  • (informal) To fail to cover (have sufficient funds for) (a draft presented against one's account).
  • He tends to bounce a check or two toward the end of each month, before his payday.
  • (slang) To leave.
  • Let’s wrap this up, I gotta bounce .
  • (US, slang, dated) To eject violently, as from a room; to discharge unceremoniously, as from employment.
  • (intransitive, slang, African American Vernacular English) (sometimes employing the preposition with ) To have sexual intercourse.
  • (air combat) To attack unexpectedly.
  • The squadron was bounced north of the town.
  • (electronics) To turn power off and back on; to reset
  • See if it helps to bounce the router.
  • (intransitive, Internet, of an e-mail message or address) To return undelivered.
  • What’s your new email address – the old one bounces .
    The girl in the bar told me her address is thirsty@example.com, but my mail to that address bounced back to me.
  • (aviation) To land hard and lift off again due to excess momentum.
  • The student pilot bounced several times during his landing.
  • (slang, dated) To bully; to scold.
  • (archaic) To strike or thump, so as to rebound, or to make a sudden noise; to knock loudly.
  • * Jonathan Swift
  • Another bounces as hard as he can knock.
  • * Jonathan Swift
  • Out bounced the mastiff.
  • (archaic) To boast; to bluster.
  • Synonyms

    * (change direction of motion after hitting an obstacle) bounce back, rebound * (move quickly up and down) bob

    Derived terms

    * bounceable * bounce back, bounceback * bouncedown * bouncer * bounce rate * bouncing * bouncy * debounce


    (en noun)
  • A change of direction of motion after hitting the ground or an obstacle.
  • * {{quote-news, year=2012, date=June 9, author=Owen Phillips, work=BBC Sport
  • , title= Euro 2012: Netherlands 0-1 Denmark , passage=Krohn-Dehli took advantage of a lucky bounce of the ball after a battling run on the left flank by Simon Poulsen, dummied two defenders and shot low through goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg's legs after 24 minutes.}}
  • A movement up and then down (or vice versa), once or repeatedly.
  • An email return with any error.
  • The sack, licensing.
  • A bang, boom.
  • * 1773 , (Oliver Goldsmith),
  • I don't value her resentment the bounce of a cracker.
  • A drink based on brandy(w).
  • * , chapter=6
  • , title= Mr. Pratt's Patients , passage=He had one hand on the bounce bottle—and he'd never let go of that since he got back to the table—but he had a handkerchief in the other and was swabbing his deadlights with it.}}
  • A heavy, sudden, and often noisy, blow or thump.
  • * Dryden
  • The bounce burst open the door.
  • Bluster; brag; untruthful boasting; audacious exaggeration; an impudent lie; a bouncer.
  • (Johnson)
    (De Quincey)
  • Scyllium catulus , a European dogfish.
  • A genre of New Orleans music.
  • (slang, African American Vernacular English) Drugs.
  • (slang, African American Vernacular English) Swagger.
  • (slang, African American Vernacular English) A 'good' beat.
  • (slang, African American Vernacular English) A talent for leaping.
  • Synonyms

    * (change of direction of motion after hitting an obstacle) rebound * (movement up and down) bob, bobbing (repeated), bouncing (repeated) * (talent for leaping) ups, mad ups

    Derived terms

    * bouncy * on the bounce English ergative verbs



    Alternative forms

    * bownd (archaic)

    Etymology 1

    See bind


  • (bind)
  • * {{quote-book, year=1905, author=
  • , title= , chapter=1 citation , passage=“[…] Captain Markam had been found lying half-insensible, gagged and bound , on the floor of the sitting-room, his hands and feet tightly pinioned, and a woollen comforter wound closely round his mouth and neck?; whilst Mrs. Markham's jewel-case, containing valuable jewellery and the secret plans of Port Arthur, had disappeared. […]”}}
    ''I bound the splint to my leg.
    ''I had bound the splint with duct tape.


  • (with infinitive) Obliged (to).
  • * {{quote-book, year=1905, author=
  • , title= , chapter=5 citation , passage=Then I had a good think on the subject of the hocussing of Cigarette, and I was reluctantly bound to admit that once again the man in the corner had found the only possible solution to the mystery.}}
  • (with infinitive) Very likely (to).
  • * , chapter=5
  • , title= Mr. Pratt's Patients , passage=When you're well enough off so's you don't have to fret about anything but your heft or your diseases you begin to get queer, I suppose. And the queerer the cure for those ailings the bigger the attraction. A place like the Right Livers' Rest was bound to draw freaks, same as molasses draws flies.}}
  • (linguistics, of a morpheme) That cannot stand alone as a free word.
  • (mathematics, logic, of a variable) Constrained by a quantifier.
  • (dated) constipated; costive
  • Antonyms
    * free
    Derived terms
    * bound to * I'll be bound

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) bounde, from (etyl) bunne, from


    (en noun)
  • (often, used in plural) A boundary, the border which one must cross in order to enter or leave a territory.
  • I reached the northern bound of my property, took a deep breath and walked on.
    Somewhere within these bounds you may find a buried treasure.
  • (mathematics) a value which is known to be greater or smaller than a given set of values
  • Derived terms
    * boundary * boundless * harmonic bounding * least upper bound * lower bound * metes and bounds * out of bounds * upper bound * within bounds


    (en verb)
  • To surround a territory or other geographical entity.
  • ''France, Portugal, Gibraltar and Andorra bound Spain.
    ''Kansas is bounded by Nebraska on the north, Missouri on the east, Oklahoma on the south and Colorado on the west.
  • (mathematics) To be the boundary of.
  • Derived terms
    * unbound * unbounded

    Etymology 3

    From (etyl) .


    (en noun)
  • A sizeable jump, great leap.
  • ''The deer crossed the stream in a single bound .
  • A spring from one foot to the other in dancing.
  • (dated) A bounce; a rebound.
  • the bound of a ball
    Derived terms
    * by leaps and bounds


    (en verb)
  • To leap, move by jumping.
  • ''The rabbit bounded down the lane.
  • To cause to leap.
  • to bound a horse
  • (dated) To rebound; to bounce.
  • a rubber ball bounds on the floor
  • (dated) To cause to rebound; to throw so that it will rebound; to bounce.
  • to bound a ball on the floor
    Derived terms
    * rebound

    Etymology 4

    Alteration of boun , with -d partly for euphonic effect and partly by association with Etymology 1, above.


    (en adjective)
  • (obsolete) ready, prepared.
  • ready, able to start or go (to); moving in the direction (of).
  • ''Which way are you bound ?
    ''Is that message bound for me?
    Derived terms
    * -bound * bound for