verb (used without object)
- carom ball,
Origin of carom
Examples from the Web for carom
Max stopped in the act of trying for a carom, and stared at his sister.The Wharf by the Docks|Florence Warden
A festive grasshopper jumps up into my face, and makes a carom on the web.Pastoral Days|William Hamilton Gibson
The pig now lay still, and satisfied that he had killed it, he tried to repeat the carom, but failed."Where Angels Fear to Tread" and Other Stories of the Sea|Morgan Robertson
Monty thrust a franc in her hand and turned quickly from her to carom against a tall well-dressed man who was passing.Under Cover|Roi Cooper Megrue
When a player is in hand on a carom table, and the other balls are within the “string,” he may play directly upon either.
- a shot in which the cue ball is caused to contact one object ball after another
- the points scored by this
Word Origin for carom
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.