Definition of carom in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈkarəm
chiefly North American


  • 1A cannon in billiards or pool.
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    • He mastered the caroms, and was called the ‘Reading Rifle’ because of his great arm.’
    • The result: the kind of crazy caroms and tricky spins you'd expect from a pinball machine.
  • 1.1 (also carom billiards) [mass noun] A game resembling billiards, played on a table without pockets and depending on cannons for scoring.
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    • The name of the game is carom, the original game from which billiards and later snooker developed.


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  • Make a carom; strike and rebound.
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    • But the ball caromed off a tree and bounced back into a bunker, leaving a shot at the green.
    • In the bottom of the fifth inning, Manny Ramirez hit a shot down the third base line that caromed off the stands and struck Gerry Davis, the left field line umpire.
    • The ball crashed off the center field wall before caroming back onto the outfield grass.


late 18th century: abbreviation of carambole, from Spanish carambola, apparently from bola 'ball'.

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