Carom definition

kărəm
To make a carom, as in billiards.
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To cause to carom.
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(billiards) Any shot in which the cue ball bounces off a cushion or an object ball; specif., such a shot that successively hits the two object balls, giving the shooter a score in most games.
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A collision followed by a rebound.
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To collide and rebound; glance.

The car caromed off the guardrail into the ditch.

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A shot in billiards in which the cue ball successively strikes two other balls.
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A similar shot in a related game, such as pool.
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A striking against a surface and rebounding at an angle.
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To make a carom.
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To strike against a surface and rebound at an angle.
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(cue sports, especially billiards) A shot in which the ball struck with the cue comes in contact with two or more balls on the table; a hitting of two or more balls with the player's ball.
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A billiard-like Indian game in which players take turns flicking checker-like pieces into one of four goals on the corners of (one meter by one meter square) board.
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(intransitive) To make a carom (shot in billiards).
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To strike and bounce back; to strike (something) and rebound.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
carom
Plural:
caroms

Origin of carom

  • Short for carambole a stroke at billiards from French a billiard ball from Spanish carambola a stroke at billiards perhaps from Portuguese carambola carambola

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Probably corrupted from French carambole (the red ball in billiards).

    From Wiktionary