[ kar-uhm ]
/ ˈkær əm /
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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.
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Origin of carom
1770–80; by false analysis of carambole (taken as carom ball) <French <Spanish carambola, special use of fruit name; see carambola
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How to use carom in a sentence
The ping of the ball caroming off the right post cut through the vuvuzelas for an instant.U.S. Falls to Ghana|Joshua Robinson|June 24, 2010|DAILY BEAST
Close in the fork he was protected on either side from the hammering blows of the caroming timber.The Promise|James B. Hendryx
Rick followed through with a battering charge that sent a clerk caroming into a stack of copper jars.The Egyptian Cat Mystery|Harold Leland Goodwin
Kenniston's shoulder hit the captain and sent him caroming into Murdock.The World with a Thousand Moons|Edmond Hamilton
We simply fell over the cliff, plunging, caroming, and ricocheting down through the masses of vegetation.In Africa|John T. McCutcheon
There are seldom any sidewalks, and when there are, they are not often wide enough to pass a man on without caroming on him.The Innocents Abroad|Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
British Dictionary definitions for carom
/ (ˈkærəm) /
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
C18: from earlier carambole (taken as carom ball), from Spanish carambola
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