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The Collaborative International Dictionary
Carom

Carom \Car"om\, n. [Prob. corrupted fr. F. carumboler to carom, carambolage a carom, carambole the red ball in billiards.] (Billiards) A shot in which the ball struck with the cue comes in contact with two or more balls on the table; a hitting of two or more balls with the player's ball. In England it is called cannon.

Carom

Carom \Car"om\, v. i. (Billiards) To make a carom.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
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:\n\nIf 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]

carom

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

Wiktionary
carom

n. 1 (context cue sports especially billiards English) A shot in which the ball struck with the cue comes in contact with two or more balls on the table; a hitting of two or more balls with the player's ball. 2 A billiard-like Indian game in which players take turns flicking checker-like pieces into one of four goals on the corners of (one meter by one meter square) board. vb. 1 (context intransitive English) To make a carom (gloss: shot in billiards). 2 To strike and bounce back; to strike (something) and rebound.

WordNet
carom
  1. n. a glancing rebound [syn: ricochet]

  2. a shot in billiards in which the cue ball contacts one object ball and then the other [syn: cannon]

  3. v. rebound after hitting; "The car caromed off several lampposts" [syn: glance]

  4. make a carom

Wikipedia
Carom

Carom may refer to:

  • Ricochet
  • Carom billiards (also known as Carambole)
  • Ajwain (Trachyspermum ammi), an herb in Indian cuisine

Usage examples of "carom".

From a distance of a few feet he fired his revolver at the invisible door-lock, and the detonation nearly deafened him, while his bullet caromed harmlessly from a steel plate beneath that porous white substance.

Gripping his head with both hands, Raoul circles himself erratically, like a bat with jammed sonar, caroms off a corner of the Ansonia, and collapses.

She started down with small jumps, then swore as the rope crumbled a bit of the edge, showering her with gravel and a nasty piece of limestone that caromed off her shin.

A group of civilians caromed out with the spastic overcorrections of folk who thought of gravity, not inertia, when they moved.

Running almost immediately at top speed out upon the barrial with the long whaang of the rifleshot rolling after them and caroming off the rocks and yawing back across the open country in the early morning solitude.

But as the Stenos descended, Keepiru aimed a tight burst of clicks to carom off two metal-mounds across the channel.

The motorcycle caromed down the hillside, avoiding lifeless Soviet tanks, craters, and gloomy lumps that had been men.

The thing hit the seat, drilled through, scored a deep groove across the backrest and caromed off the metal fabric of his shirt.

Seizing the alarm in both fists, Emory yanked it from the ceiling by its screws, hurled the squawking disk into a corner where it caromed off the baseboard, creased the refrigerator, kissed a table leg, and slid to a dead stop at the foot of his chair, its bleating remains silenced at last by one decisive plastic-spewing stomp.

An arrow caromed off his gauntlet and embedded itself in the nearest gate, where the procession of Calnar barterers had just appeared.

And Reeve shuddered to think of Todd caroming off bodies and on toes on the city sidewalks, of his voice echoing through an entire level of Aisle flats, of Pat's desperate measures to control the rebel they had released on the world and to minimize the penalties exacted for such social misdemeanors.

Singing like angry hornets, the hail of balls smashed into the shallow caverns, throwing shards of broken stone, caroming this way and that among the Theiwar.

And so saying, the wizard sought out a nearby hostel, Shelyid caroming behind.

I was an immense inertialess bullet caroming off the walls of the Universe at translight velocities.

Toby would go caroming around like a fuzzy zero-gee cue ball, yelping happily, until he got straightened out and leaped back toward the big cat.