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cue ball

noun, Billiards, Pool.
the ball a player strikes with the cue, as distinguished from the other balls on the table.
Origin of cue ball
First recorded in 1880-85; cue2 + ball1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for cue ball
Historical Examples
  • Except for the cue ball, no ivory balls are used today on the pocket table.

  • He can't get close enough to the table to make the shots, and he puts all the English on himself and none of it on the cue ball.

    Cobb's Anatomy Irvin S. Cobb
  • Bat Scanlon touched the cue ball, deftly; the ball it struck broke away at a sharp angle and vanished into a pocket.

    Ashton-Kirk, Criminologist John T. McIntyre
British Dictionary definitions for cue ball

cue ball

(billiards, snooker) the ball struck by the cue, as distinguished from the object balls
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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