A billards table needs no pockets, as do pool and snooker tables. In the past special-made fitted plugs to stopper the pockets and extend both the table surface and the cushions were available to convert a pool table into a billiards table; I haven't seen such since the late 1950s. In the US South and West, it is true that "billards table" for decades has been applied also to pool tables. I don't remember ever hearing, however, "shoot billards" rather than "play billards", or, for that matter, to refer to playing billards as "stroking a few" as is common slang for shooting pool. Wayne Roberson, Austin, Texas 02:41, 3 July 2008 (UTC)
- "pool" is w:Pocket billiards ... "billiards" might refer to either pocket billiards or carom billiards in any given usage. Robert Ullmann 15:37, 3 July 2008 (UTC)
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The 3rd adjectival sense, added by new editor Questionmenot, with goofy example sentence:
- Under control, in good order, sorted.
- They always ensured the ding was pocket in time for the party.
This sense of "pocket" is not in the OED, and neither is any sense of "ding" that would work here. Sounds like malarkey to me. Is there some place on this planet where these usages exist? -- WikiPedant 05:14, 28 September 2008 (UTC)
- I would question the other two adjectival senses as well. Not because I don't think the definitions are correct, but because I don't think they're adjectives at all. --Ptcamn 05:30, 28 September 2008 (UTC)
- They probably can be reasonably regarded as attributive uses of the noun, although the OED does classify these two senses as adjectival (probably on the grounds that they are now sufficiently well established in the language). Anyhow, the most problematic sense, by far, continues to be number 3. -- WikiPedant 06:04, 28 September 2008 (UTC)