from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun 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.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In billiards, a sharp stroke made with the cue nearly or quite perpendicular, causing the cue-ball to return in a straight line or to move in a circular direction, the direction depending mainly upon the part of the ball to which the cue is applied.
  • To perform the operation of massage upon; massage.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun billiards A stroke made with the cue held vertically that puts tremendous spin on the cue ball.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[French, from past participle of masser, to make a massé shot, from masse, mace (an early form of billiard cue), from Old French, club; see mace.]


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