from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A collision followed by a rebound.
- n. A shot in billiards in which the cue ball successively strikes two other balls. Also called billiard.
- n. A similar shot in a related game, such as pool.
- intransitive v. To collide and rebound; glance: The car caromed off the guardrail into the ditch.
- intransitive v. To make a carom, as in billiards.
- transitive v. To cause to carom.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. 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; in England it is called cannon.
- n. An Indian game played on a board measuring one meter by one meter square. Players take turns flicking checker-like pieces into one of four goals on the corners of the table. This billiard-like game is played entirely with the fingers, and usually while sitting on the floor.
- v. To make a carom.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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. In England it is called cannon.
- intransitive v. To make a carom.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In billiards, to make a carom (which see).
- To strike or collide against a thing and then rebound or glance off again; cannon: usually with on, and common in racing slang: as, Eclipse caromed on High-flyer and injured his chance of winning.
- Also spelled carrom.
- n. In billiards, the hitting of two or three balls in succession by the cue-ball from one stroke of the cue: in Great Britain sometimes called cannon. Also spelled carrom.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. rebound after hitting
- n. a glancing rebound
- v. make a carom
- n. a shot in billiards in which the cue ball contacts one object ball and then the other
But the word "carom" sparked an idea and an invention.
He poked his stick behind Kolzig's skate on the first one and wristed in a long carom from the goalie on the second.
But even after Paraguay forward Fredy Bareiro scored off a carom from the goalpost in the 67th minute, Iraq pressed hard with substitute Razzaq Farhan scoring in the 83rd.
A carom was a strike and a rebound that hit another ball.
The long stick, which reminded some early users of a tail, can be used to make a ball hit another ball in a form of the game known as carom billiards, played with only three balls by real hustlers on a table with no pockets.
Duc Nguyen, 44, said French billiards - also known as carom billiards -- is a popular game among Vietnamese, and he is banking his business on the city's fast-growing Southeast Asian community.
The meaning comes from Billiards, where a carom is a shot in which the cue ball is made to rebound so as to hit two other balls.
I decided to make a "carom" of it, and nearly took the heads off a pair of horses, and the pole off the omnibus to which they were attached, as I dashed through.
"I saw it kind of carom off to the left from my angle and figured it was worth taking the chance," Posey said.
The "carom" show trial, in which the true target is not the defendant, but a third party not even present.
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