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Of unknown origin, possibly a Portmanteau / Blend of jolt +‎ bounce.


  • IPA(key): /dʒaʊns/
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  • Rhymes: -aʊns


jounce (third-person singular simple present jounces, present participle jouncing, simple past and past participle jounced)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To jolt; to shake, especially by rough riding or by driving over obstructions.
    • 1890, The Bee Keepers' Review
      Send these nice, white, clean shipping cases of honey to a commission man, without any instruction whatever, and he will have the genius and liberality to slap them upon a dray, jounce them to his store, rub them around and over an old, dirty floor, sell a part of it for less than you expected, fail to pay for it until he sells the other part, which he will do after six months or a year, then he will remit, provided the debt has not yet got so old that it is outlawed or he does not "bust up" in business in the mean time.
    • 1931, William Faulkner, Sanctuary, Library of America, 1985, p.51:
      She felt herself swooping, then she was lying on the bed beside Gowan, on her back, jouncing to the dying chatter of the shucks.
    • 1966, Kathryn R. Schoonmaker vs. The State of New York, Claim No. 41795, State of New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Third Department
      Well, I remember we were bouncing around, the car was tilting back and forth, and it seems like it was bouncing after we made this big jounce and went up over the driveway, it was bouncing and tilting back and forth.
    • 1971, Ursula K. Le Guin, The Lathe of America
      The bed jounced when Mannie sat down on it where the medic had been sitting.


jounce (plural jounces)

  1. A movement, such as a jolt or a shake.
    • 2010, Don Knowles, Today's Technician: Automotive Suspension & Steering
      When the drive axles have inner and outer joints, rear wheel camber change is minimized during wheel jounce and rebound.
  2. (physics) The fourth derivative of the position vector with respect to time; the time derivative of jerk.

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