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A stroke in billiards made by striking the cue ball off center with the cue held at a sharper angle than is usual, so that the cue ball moves in a curve before hitting its target ball.

[French, from past participle of masser, to make a massé shot, from masse, mace (an early form of billiard cue), from Old French, club; see mace1.]
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(ˈmæsɪ) or

massé shot

(Billiards & Snooker) billiards a stroke made by hitting the cue ball off centre with the cue held nearly vertically, esp so as to make the ball move in a curve around another ball before hitting the object ball
[C19: from French, from masser to hit from above with a hammer, from masse sledgehammer, from Old French mace mace1]
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n., pl. -sés.
a billiard stroke with the cue held virtually perpendicular to the table.
[1870–75; < French: literally, hammered, i.e., struck from above <masse sledge hammer (Old French mace)]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.masse - a shot in billiards made by hitting the cue ball with the cue held nearly verticallymasse - 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
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"
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