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de- +‎ bounce


  • (UK) IPA(key): /diːˈbaʊns/
  • Hyphenation: de‧bounce



debounce (third-person singular simple present debounces, present participle debouncing, simple past and past participle debounced)

  1. (electronics) To remove the small ripple of current that forms when a mechanical switch is pushed in an electrical circuit and makes a series of short contacts.
  2. (programming, by extension) To discard events or signals that should not be processed because they occurred too close together.
    • 2016, Maximiliano Firtman, High Performance Mobile Web, page 224:
      With debouncing, we group several calls to the same events into one; with throttling, we are forcing our call to be executed no more than once per time period, such as a maximum of once per 400 ms.