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bil·liards

 (bĭl′yərdz)
pl.n. (used with a sing. verb)
1. A game played on a rectangular cloth-covered table with raised cushioned edges, in which a cue is used to hit three small, hard balls against one another or the side cushions of the table.
2. One of several similar games, such as pool.

[French billard, from bille, log; see billet2.]

billiards

(ˈbɪljədz)
n (functioning as singular)
1. (Billiards & Snooker) any of various games in which long cues are used to drive balls now made of composition or plastic. It is played on a rectangular table covered with a smooth tight-fitting cloth and having raised cushioned edges
2. (Billiards & Snooker) a version of this, played on a rectangular table having six pockets let into the corners and the two longer sides. Points are scored by striking one of three balls with the cue to contact the other two or one of the two. Compare pool25, snooker
[C16: from Old French billard curved stick, from Old French bille log; see billet2]

bil•liards

(ˈbɪl yərdz)

n. (used with a sing. v.)
any of several games played with hard balls that are driven with a cue on a cloth-covered table, esp. a game played with a cue ball and two object balls on a table without pockets. Compare pool 2 (def. 1).
[1585–95]
bil′liard•ist, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.billiards - any of several games played on rectangular cloth-covered table (with cushioned edges) in which long tapering cue sticks are used to propel ivory (or composition) ballsbilliards - any of several games played on rectangular cloth-covered table (with cushioned edges) in which long tapering cue sticks are used to propel ivory (or composition) balls
table game - a game that is played on a table
break - the opening shot that scatters the balls in billiards or pool
carom, cannon - a shot in billiards in which the cue ball contacts one object ball and then the other
masse, masse shot - a shot in billiards made by hitting the cue ball with the cue held nearly vertically; the cue ball spins around another ball before hitting the object ball
miscue - a faulty shot in billiards; the cue tip slips off the cue ball
cannon - make a cannon
break - make the opening shot that scatters the balls
carom - make a carom
Translations
لُعْبَةُ البلياردولُعْبَةُ البِلْياردو
kulečník
billardbilliard
biljardi
biljar
biliárd
biljarîur, knattborîsleikur, ballskák
ビリヤード
당구
bilijardas
biljards
biliard
biljard
บิลเลียด
trò chơi bida

billiards

[ˈbɪljədz] NSINGbillar msing

billiards

[ˈbɪlɪərdz] njeu m de billard, billard m
to play billiards → jouer au billardbilliard table ntable f de billard, billard m

billiards

nBillard nt; to have a game of billiardsBillard spielen

billiards

[ˈbɪljədz] nsgbiliardo

billiards

(ˈbiljədz) noun singular
a game played with long thin sticks (cues) and balls, on a table.

billiards

لُعْبَةُ البِلْياردو kulečník billard Billard μπιλιάρδο billar biljardi billard biljar biliardo ビリヤード 당구 biljart biljard bilard bilhar бильярд biljard บิลเลียด bilardo trò chơi bida 台球
References in classic literature ?
I have billiards at home, but it's no fun unless you have good players, so, as I'm fond of it, I come sometimes and have a game with Ned Moffat or some of the other fellows.
Then he got up, saying he had half a mind to go over to Klein's hotel and play a game of billiards.
He was nice in his eating, uncertain in his hours; fond of his child, though affecting to slight it; and idled away the mornings at billiards, which ought to have been devoted to business.
Some of the gentlemen were gone to the stables: the younger ones, together with the younger ladies, were playing billiards in the billiard-room.
The something particular which Sir Charles had not wished to interrupt was only a game of billiards.
I have quite as great an interest in being careful of his house as you can have; and as to such alterations as I was suggesting just now, such as moving a bookcase, or unlocking a door, or even as using the billiard-room for the space of a week without playing at billiards in it, you might just as well suppose he would object to our sitting more in this room, and less in the breakfast-room, than we did before he went away, or to my sister's pianoforte being moved from one side of the room to the other.
He objected to whist, cut the cloth at billiards, sang out of tune, kept very much to himself, and wrote to his Mamma and sisters at Home.
Some chalk marks over the waistcoat pocket were the only signs of billiards which I could see in one of them.
Also, I have taken rather too much to billiards and that sort of thing.
There was no doubt that he was a fine scholar, and he was engaged on a work which was quite in the right tradition: he was writing a treatise on the trees in Latin literature; but he talked of it flippantly, as though it were a pastime of no great importance, like billiards, which engaged his leisure but was not to be considered with seriousness.
Creeping on, they found that the next window revealed two men in shirt-sleeves playing billiards with two young ladies.
My brother Solomon tells me it's the talk up and down in Middlemarch how unsteady young Vincy is, and has been forever gambling at billiards since home he came.