carom

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Probably corrupted from French carambole (the red ball in billiards).

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Noun[edit]

carom (plural caroms)

  1. (cue sports, especially billiards) 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.
  2. A billiard-like Indian game in which players take turns flicking checker-like pieces into one of four goals on the corners of (one meter by one meter square) board.

Synonyms[edit]

  • (shot in which the cue ball strikes two balls): cannon (UK)

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Verb[edit]

carom (third-person singular simple present caroms, present participle caroming, simple past and past participle caromed)

  1. (intransitive) To make a carom (shot in billiards).
  2. To strike and bounce back; to strike (something) and rebound.
    • 2012 April 15, John Branch, “Snow Fall : The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek”, New York Time:
      Snow filled her mouth. She caromed off things she never saw, tumbling through a cluttered canyon like a steel marble falling through pins in a pachinko machine.
    • 1922, John Reed, Ten Days that Shook the World:
      [T]he grubit bombs went rolling back and forth over our feet, fetching up against the sides of the car with a crash. The big Red Guard, whose name was Vladimir Nicolaievitch, plied me with questions about America [] while we held on to each other and danced amid the caroming bombs.

References[edit]

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.

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Polish[edit]

Noun[edit]

carom

  1. dative plural of car

Welsh[edit]

Verb[edit]

carom

  1. first-person plural subjunctive of caru