Masse meaning

mă-sā'
A stroke in billiards made by striking the cue ball off center with the cue held nearly vertically, so that the cue ball moves in a curve around one ball before hitting another ball.
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A stroke in billiards and pool made by hitting the cue ball off center with the handle of the cue held high, so as to make the ball move in a curve around another ball before hitting the object ball.
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(billiards) A stroke made with the cue held vertically that puts tremendous spin on the cue ball.
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Origin of masse

  • French from past participle of masser to make a massé shot from masse mace (an early form of billiard cue) from Old French club mace1
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition