Carom



Billiards, Pool. a shot in which the cue ball hits two balls in succession.
any strike and rebound, as a ball striking a wall and glancing off.
to make a carom.
to strike and rebound.
Historical Examples

He learned to play French carom and pyramid pool,—every thing in fact.
A Russian Proprietor Lyof N. Tolstoi

carom, kar′om, n. an abbreviation for Carambole, the same as Cannon in billiards.
Chambers’s Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 1 of 4: A-D) Various

We came near making a carom sometimes, but not the one we were trying to make.
The Innocents Abroad Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

A festive grasshopper jumps up into my face, and makes a carom on the web.
Pastoral Days William Hamilton Gibson

If the ball be pocketed after having made a carom or winning hazard, the player cannot score the count he may have made.
Every Boy’s Book: A Complete Encyclopdia of Sports and Amusements Various

To make a carom, the player must cause his own ball to strike two or more balls in the same shot.
Every Boy’s Book: A Complete Encyclopdia of Sports and Amusements Various

Max stopped in the act of trying for a carom, and stared at his sister.
The Wharf by the Docks Florence Warden

The game is played with three balls only, two white and one red, and on a carom table.
Every Boy’s Book: A Complete Encyclopdia of Sports and Amusements Various

Monty thrust a franc in her hand and turned quickly from her to carom against a tall well-dressed man who was passing.
Under Cover Roi Cooper Megrue

On a carom table he has the right to play on either ball, even though both should be within the “string.”
Every Boy’s Book: A Complete Encyclopdia of Sports and Amusements Various

noun
(billiards, US & Canadian)

a shot in which the cue ball is caused to contact one object ball after another
the points scored by this

Also called (in Britain and certain other countries) cannon
n.

1779, earlier carambole (1775), from French carambole “the red ball in billiards,” from Spanish carombola “the red ball in billiards,” perhaps originally “fruit of the tropical Asian carambola tree,” which is round and orange and supposed to resemble a red billiard ball; from Marathi (southern Indian) karambal. Originally a type of stroke involving the red ball:

If the Striker hits the Red and his Adversary’s Ball with his own Ball he played with, he wins two Points; which Stroke is called a Carambole, or for Shortness, a Carrom. [“Hoyle’s Games Improved,” London, 1779]

v.

1860, from carom (n.). Related: Caromed; caroming.

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