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bounce

the bounce Australian Rules football the start of play at the beginning of each quarter or after a goal

bounce

i. A term used in or before air combat when an aircraft is attacked by surprise or caught unguarded. To bounce means to catch enemy aircraft unaware.
ii. While landing, to get airborne momentarily after touchdown.

bounce

(1)
(Perhaps by analogy to a bouncing check) An electronic mail message that is undeliverable and returns an error notification (a "bounce message") to the sender is said to "bounce".

bounce

(2)
To play volleyball. The now-demolished D. C. Power Lab building used by the Stanford AI Lab in the 1970s had a volleyball court on the front lawn. From 5 PM to 7 PM was the scheduled maintenance time for the computer, so every afternoon at 5 would come over the intercom the cry: "Now hear this: bounce, bounce!", followed by Brian McCune loudly bouncing a volleyball on the floor outside the offices of known volleyballers.

bounce

(3)
To engage in sexual intercourse; probably from the expression "bouncing the mattress", but influenced by Roo's psychosexually loaded "Try bouncing me, Tigger!" from the "Winnie-the-Pooh" books.

Compare boink.

bounce

(4)
To casually reboot a system in order to clear up a transient problem. Reported primarily among VMS users.

bounce

(5)
(VM/CMS programmers) Automatic warm-start of a computer after an error. "I logged on this morning and found it had bounced 7 times during the night"

bounce

(6)
(IBM) To power cycle a peripheral in order to reset it.
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The lads are bouncing off the walls to get a game under their belts, with the last three having been postponed," he said.
With old rock music bouncing off the walls (Heart's ``Barracuda'') and the bar's only two patrons trying to hit on Jen, we get a taste of Tommy's somewhat spiteful personality.
I turned and Quinten was running out of the flat with the remote control in his hands bouncing off the walls in fury and rage.
Everyone is bouncing off the walls in the dressing-room and going crazy,' said the Kent wicketkeeper who told The Western Mail last year that he considers himself Welsh despite only briefly living here.
On the right-hand screen we see him in black and white, bouncing off the walls of a swanky hotel suite while introducing or narrating a series of anecdotes that are enacted, in color, on the left.
Argentina's central bankers were not sitting bound in a straitjacket, but rather bouncing off the walls of a large padded cell.
Filters over light-bulbs remove ultraviolet radiation, and light reaches the flag only indirectly after bouncing off the walls.
Brittny Airsman is always bouncing off the walls - and off mats and trampolines, too.
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Vicente del Bosque's side appeared frozen into inaction, and it did not help that they were playing a Chile side whose spirit was stoked by tens of thousands of fans bouncing off the walls of the Maracana - in some cases literally as thousands without tickets remained outside the stadiums with around 200 bursting through a security cordon prior to kickoff.
A bit restless," she told me kindly, which normally translates as bouncing off the walls.