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

  • noun Games A stroke in billiards that misses or just brushes the ball because of a slip of the cue.
  • noun A mistake.
  • intransitive verb To make a miscue.
  • intransitive verb To miss a stage cue.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In billiards, to make a miscue.
  • In theatrical, to miss one's cue or answer a wrong cue.
  • noun In billiards, an accidental slip of the cue at the moment of making a stroke, causing the tip to glance off the ball instead of striking it fairly as intended.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Billiards) A false stroke with a billiard cue, the cue slipping from the ball struck without impelling it as desired.
  • noun To make a mistake

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

  • noun sports In a cue sport, to make an error in hitting the ball with the cue.
  • noun theater The act of missing one's cue or of responding to a cue intended for another actor.
  • noun A miss of the object one intended to hit.
  • verb theater To give an incorrect cue.
  • verb transitive to mishit, strike incorrectly.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a faulty shot in billiards; the cue tip slips off the cue ball
  • noun a minor inadvertent mistake usually observed in speech or writing or in small accidents or memory lapses etc.


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