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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 ?
Lydgate, who had the muscular aptitude for billiards, and was fond of the game, had once or twice in the early days after his arrival in Middlemarch taken his turn with the cue at the Green Dragon; but afterwards he had no leisure for the game, and no inclination for the socialities there.
Farebrother's residence in Middlemarch, where he was carrying out some parochial plans; and Fred, not seeing anything more agreeable to do, had turned into the Green Dragon, partly to play at billiards, partly to taste the old flavor of discourse about horses, sport, and things in general, considered from a point of view which was not strenuously correct.
The something particular which Sir Charles had not wished to interrupt was only a game of billiards.
He determined to tell her without preface that he adored her, but when he opened his lips a question came forth of its own accord relating to the Persian way of playing 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.
Let's have a game at billiards," one of his friends said--the tall one, with lacquered mustachios.
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.
Towels, sheets, shirts, and slippers, along with toothbrushes, wisp-brooms, soap, the missing billiard ball, and all the lost and forgotten trifles of many months, came to light.
From the billiard room next door came the sound of balls knocking, of talk and laughter.
Here and there were new brick houses and shops, just set up by bustling, driving, and eager men of traffic from the Atlantic States; while, on the other hand, the old French mansions, with open casements, still retained the easy, indolent air of the original colonists; and now and then the scraping of a fiddle, a strain of an ancient French song, or the sound of billiard balls, showed that the happy Gallic turn for gayety and amusement still lingered about the place.
One night as I was passing a tavern I saw through a lighted window some gentlemen fighting with billiard cues, and saw one of them thrown out of the window.
The meat is made into balls about the size of billiard balls, and being well seasoned and spiced might be taken for turtle-balls or veal balls.