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".

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.

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.

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

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"

6. (IBM) To power cycle a peripheral in order to reset it.

(01 Mar 1994)

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1. To strike or thump, so as to rebound, or to make a sudden noise; a knock loudly. "Another bounces as hard as he can knock." (Swift) "Against his bosom bounced his heaving heart." (Dryden)

2. To leap or spring suddenly or unceremoniously; to bound; as, she bounced into the room. "Out bounced the mastiff." (Swift) "Bounced off his arm+chair." (Thackeray)

3. To boast; to talk big; to bluster.

Origin: OE. Bunsen; cf. D. Bonzen to strike, bounce, bons blow, LG. Bunsen to knock; all prob. Of imitative origin.

1. A sudden leap or bound; a rebound.

2. A heavy, sudden, and often noisy, blow or thump. "The bounce burst open the door." (Dryden)

3. An explosion, or the noise of one.

4. Bluster; brag; untruthful boasting; audacious exaggeration; an impudent lie; a bouncer.

5. <zoology> A dogfish of Europe (Scyllium catulus).

(01 Mar 1998)

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