- 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.
- to make a carom.
- to strike and rebound.
Origin of carom
Examples from the Web for carom
Historical Examples of carom
He learned to play French carom and pyramid pool,—every thing in fact.A Russian Proprietor
Lyof N. Tolstoi
Max stopped in the act of trying for a carom, and stared at his sister.The Wharf by the Docks
"Yes, a good many years," answered Stark, as he made a carom.Driven From Home
Finally, once I made a great fluke—a carom, followed by most of the balls falling into the pockets.Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete
Albert Bigelow Paine
Carom, kar′om, n. an abbreviation for Carambole, the same as Cannon in billiards.
- billiards, US and Canadian
- 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.