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or carrom

[kar-uh m] /ˈkær əm/
Billiards, Pool. a shot in which the cue ball hits two balls in succession.
any strike and rebound, as a ball striking a wall and glancing off.
verb (used without object)
to make a carom.
to strike and rebound.
Origin of carom
1770-80; by false analysis of carambole (taken as carom ball) < French < Spanish carambola, special use of fruit name; see carambola Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • We simply fell over the cliff, plunging, caroming, and ricocheting down through the masses of vegetation.

    In Africa John T. McCutcheon
  • Kenniston's shoulder hit the captain and sent him caroming into Murdock.

  • Screaming insanely the people rushed about the chamber, caroming from one another, stumbling and falling.

    Red Nails Robert E. Howard
  • Allan plunged down into the darkness, caroming from wall to wall as he half ran, half fell, down the twisting stairs.

    When the Sleepers Woke Arthur Leo Zagat
  • Close in the fork he was protected on either side from the hammering blows of the caroming timber.

    The Promise James B. Hendryx
  • "Just a lady and a bossy," said the Girl, as she reined in the Pony abruptly, and sent the Bossy caroming off into the bushes.

    The Sick-a-Bed Lady Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
British Dictionary definitions for caroming


(billiards, US & Canadian)
  1. a shot in which the cue ball is caused to contact one object ball after another
  2. the points scored by this
Also called (in Britain and certain other countries) cannon
Word Origin
C18: from earlier carambole (taken as carom ball), from Spanish carambola
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for caroming



1779, earlier carambole (1775), from French carambole "the red ball in billiards," from Spanish carombola "the red ball in billiards," perhaps originally "fruit of the tropical Asian carambola tree," which is round and orange and supposed to resemble a red billiard ball; from Marathi (southern Indian) karambal. Originally a type of stroke involving the red ball:

If the Striker hits the Red and his Adversary's Ball with his own Ball he played with, he wins two Points; which Stroke is called a Carambole, or for Shortness, a Carrom. ["Hoyle's Games Improved," London, 1779]


1860, from carom (n.). Related: Caromed; caroming.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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