carom

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v carom make a carom
    • v carom rebound after hitting "The car caromed off several lampposts"
    • n carom a shot in billiards in which the cue ball contacts one object ball and then the other
    • n carom a glancing rebound
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Carom (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.
    • v. i Carom (Billiards) To make a carom.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n carom In billiards, the hitting of two or three balls in succession by the cue-ball from one stroke of the cue: in Great Britain sometimes called cannon. Also spelled carrom.
    • carom In billiards, to make a carom (which see).
    • carom To strike or collide against a thing and then rebound or glance off again; cannon: usually with on, and common in racing slang: as, Eclipse caromed on High-flyer and injured his chance of winning.
    • carom Also spelled carrom.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Carom kar′om an abbreviation for Carambole, the same as Cannon in billiards.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Prob. corrupted fr. F. carumboler, to carom, carambolage, a carom, carambole, the red ball in billiards

Usage

In literature:

Moving slowly away, he caromed against two people who were turning out from the pavement to cross the street.
"The Turmoil" by Booth Tarkington
He caromed against the point, then fell headlong.
"Bruce" by Albert Payson Terhune
We played the English game, in which caroms and pockets both count.
"Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete" by Albert Bigelow Paine
How many caroms do you think you can make out of that layout?
"Chapters from My Autobiography" by Mark Twain
Bills weighted with coins caromed along the canvas floor.
"Spring Street" by James H. Richardson
That wa'n't a marker though, to the reverse English carom Sadie takes after we'd got into a cab and started for her hotel.
"Shorty McCabe" by Sewell Ford
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" by Morgan Robertson
Close in the fork he was protected on either side from the hammering blows of the caroming timber.
"The Promise" by James B. Hendryx
At the door he tried to move aside but was too slow for the quick moving young woman who caromed off him.
"Mercenary" by Dallas McCord Reynolds
Some one caromed against the screen.
"They of the High Trails" by Hamlin Garland
The bulk of the matter now follows the current in an almost solid raft, as it caroms from shore to shore.
"Afloat on the Ohio" by Reuben Gold Thwaites
Allan plunged down into the darkness, caroming from wall to wall as he half ran, half fell, down the twisting stairs.
"When the Sleepers Woke" by Arthur Leo Zagat
It had hit the screen, caromed off into a wild, twisting skid, and hit the ground, completely wrecked.
"Evil Out of Onzar" by Mark Ganes
Kenniston's shoulder hit the captain and sent him caroming into Murdock.
"The World with a Thousand Moons" by Edmond Hamilton
They caromed onto the ice of the lake.
"The Sphere of Sleep" by Chester S. Geier
She, on the other hand, kept caroming phrases at him indirectly wounding and pinching him, while talking with Miguel.
"Maximina" by Armando Palacio Valdés
The three-ball carom game is the recognized form of American billiards.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Slice 7" by Various
No one who has caromed against the Cleveland Chamber of Commerce will wonder that Cleveland won.
"Abroad at Home" by Julian Street
Motherly dowagers in ball costumes bumped and caromed from the ample forms of procuresses.
"What Will People Say?" by Rupert Hughes
If they want to play billiards with the stars, so they don't carom on us, let them play.
"The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 12 (of 12) Dresden Edition--Miscellany" by Robert G. Ingersoll
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In news:

Those sounds you heard Saturday at The Olympic Club were actual roars caroming off the tree-lined fairways of this beautiful and brutal course.
Notre Dame men's basketball: Finding life's carom .
The puck hit Elliott's left skate and caromed into the net with 5:44 remaining in the first period .
The caroming dialog about Los Angeles bounces along from 1884 and Helen Hunt Jackson's laments in Ramona.
The failed attempt caromed off his bat and into his face.
"Astronomers disarmingly refer to this caroming-world scenario as " planet - planet scattering," which team member Frederic Rasio of Northwestern University describ...
Instead, the ball struck third base and caromed into left field for a double.
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