any of several games played with hard balls of ivory or of a similar material that are driven with a cue on a cloth-covered table enclosed by a raised rim of rubber, especially a game played with a cue ball and two object balls on a table without pockets.
Compare pool2 (def 8).
of or used in billiards.
carom (def 1).
Contemporary Examples

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Historical Examples

Dangerous Days Mary Roberts Rinehart
Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
The Golden Censer John McGovern
The Fat and the Thin Emile Zola
Bleak House Charles Dickens
Sir Brook Fossbrooke, Volume I. Charles James Lever
The Adventures of a Widow Edgar Fawcett
Dross Henry Seton Merriman

noun (functioning as sing)
any of various games in which long cues are used to drive balls now made of composition or plastic. It is played on a rectangular table covered with a smooth tight-fitting cloth and having raised cushioned edges
a version of this, played on a rectangular table having six pockets let into the corners and the two longer sides. Points are scored by striking one of three balls with the cue to contact the other two or one of the two Compare pool2 (sense 5), snooker
(modifier) of or relating to billiards: a billiard table, a billiard cue, a billiard ball


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