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1. A collision followed by a rebound.
a. A shot in billiards in which the cue ball successively strikes two other balls. Also called billiard.
b. A similar shot in a related game, such as pool.
v. car·omed, car·om·ing, car·oms
1. To collide and rebound; glance: The car caromed off the guardrail into the ditch.
2. To make a carom, as in billiards.
To cause to carom.

[Short for carambole, a stroke at billiards, from French, a billiard ball, from Spanish carambola, a stroke at billiards, perhaps from Portuguese, carambola; see carambola.]


(ˈkærəm) or


(Billiards & Snooker) billiards
a. a shot in which the cue ball is caused to contact one object ball after another
b. the points scored by this
[C18: from earlier carambole (taken as carom ball), from Spanish carambola]


(ˈkær əm)

1. a shot in billiards or pool in which the cue ball hits two balls in succession.
2. any hit and rebound.
3. to hit and rebound.
[1770–80; by false analysis of carambole (taken as carom ball) < French < Sp carambola literally, carambola]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.carom - a glancing reboundcarom - a glancing rebound      
backlash, rebound, recoil, repercussion - a movement back from an impact
2.carom - a shot in billiards in which the cue ball contacts one object ball and then the other
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) balls
pocket billiards, pool - any of various games played on a pool table having 6 pockets
stroke, shot - (sports) the act of swinging or striking at a ball with a club or racket or bat or cue or hand; "it took two strokes to get out of the bunker"; "a good shot requires good balance and tempo"; "he left me an almost impossible shot"
Verb1.carom - rebound after hitting; "The car caromed off several lampposts"
bounce, rebound, ricochet, take a hop, resile, spring, recoil, bound, reverberate - spring back; spring away from an impact; "The rubber ball bounced"; "These particles do not resile but they unite after they collide"
2.carom - make a carom
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) balls
shoot - throw or propel in a specific direction or towards a specific objective; "shoot craps"; "shoot a golf ball"


To strike a surface at such an angle as to be deflected:


nKarambolage f
vi (Billiards) → karambolieren; (= rebound)abprallen
References in classic literature ?
The cushions were a good deal higher than the balls, and as the balls had a fashion of always stopping under the cushions, we accomplished very little in the way of caroms.
And then there is the wild chase after it, accompanied by an excitable small dog, who thinks it is a game, and in the course of which you are certain to upset three or four innocent children--to say nothing of their mothers--butt a fat old gentleman on to the top of a perambulator, and carom off a ladies' seminary into the arms of a wet sweep.
ANIL Kumar and Jomon Thomas of Team Innovations were crowned seniors division champions in the Caroms (Doubles) Tournament held as part of the KCA UTSAV 2013.
The indoor games included badminton, table tennis, chess, caroms, snooker, Cards-56 and Mendicot.
The story caroms like a billiard ball from one venue to the other.
McGarry's bullish charm threatens to turn to fury, and caroms off Jones' doggedness.
The ball then caroms in the direction of Thomas who is motoring between first and second and he is hit by the ball.