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Billiard Terms Glossary

Welcome to the worlds largest billiard terms definition glossary.

Billiard Terms Glossary

Welcome to the largest known billiard terms dictionary in the world. To use the billiard terms glossary, you can click the letter that corresponds with the word, term, or phrase that you are looking for. You can also search through the categories by clicking below. If you can't find the billiard term that you are looking for, please take a few seconds to suggest a billiard term here. Alternatively, you can view the entire list of billiard terms in alphabetical order.

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This billiard dictionary or terms glossary was started in 2005 with 150 billiard definitions and 3 categories. It has since grown to be the world's largest repository of cue sport terms, with over 900 terms, with more than 11 categories. If the billiard term that you are looking for is not located in the database, please take a few seconds to suggest a billiard term here.

  • Title: Billiard Terms Glossary
  • Author: (Billiards Forum)
  • Published: 1/1/2006 6:28:33 PM
  • Last Updated: 1/19/2008 12:32:00 PM
  • Last Updated By: billiardsforum

Billiard Terms Glossary Comments

  1. sklappsklapp from WA, United States on 6/27/2008 11:24:49 PM

    I think I have heard the points on the corners of the side pockets referred to as nipples.

    Please confirm then list.

  2. billiardsforumbilliardsforum from Halifax, NS on 6/28/2008 12:31:10 AM

    Thanks Doc! We did have tit, titties, and a bunch of other terms for the same thing, but we overlooked nipples. It has been added to the billiard dictionary.

  3. Marion FriesMarion Fries from Chicago, IL on 7/13/2008 5:46:11 PM

    This sounds stupid I guess, but my grandson is participating in a pool tournament right now and I wanted to send him a "good luck" message on his cell phone using billiard words. I want to find ones that he doesn't think I'd know.

    If you have any suggestions, let me know. I scanned your directory and was amazed by the number of terms. Your comments would be appreciated. He's really in love with this game and has many, many trophies. I guess I'd like to impress him.

  4. billiardsforumbilliardsforum from Halifax, NS on 7/13/2008 5:48:22 PM

    @Marion - He is lucky to have such a cool mom. Try the slang category, he'll get a good laugh hearing some of those pool terms from his mommy.

  5. Bob WhitestineBob Whitestine from Cincinnati, OH on 12/8/2009 7:40:22 PM

    "Twainer" - You have a shot at your ball and the cue ball leave is good for you but bad for your opponent.

  6. GeorgetteGeorgette from VT, United States on 11/30/2010 4:59:24 PM

    What about billiard term "doublet" or "doublette"?

  7. ilias28ilias28 from Greece on 6/10/2011 8:27:01 AM

    What about the term "bank shot"?

  8. WesWes from Winnipeg, MB on 3/18/2012 3:12:32 PM

    I can not find a definition for the billiard term "bus", where every shot has to be a bank shot or a combination shot.

    Have you heard of the term "BUS" in a billiards context used like this? I am trying to figure out how it came to be called "bus".

  9. Bill HydeBill Hyde from Austin, TX on 12/7/2014 2:43:14 PM

    2 suggestions:

    • "Pump stroke" - When Incardonna raved to Rempe about the new player he had seen - E. Reyes, Rempe reportedly said, "Oh, he'a got an old pump stroke, He's nothing special." I assume the 'pump' refers to moving the cue up & down vertically, rather than just horizontally while stroking.
    • "pumped up" is a gambling term for improving your cash holdings.
  10. OTLBOTLB from Torrington, CT on 3/2/2015 4:10:40 AM

    In the billiard equipment glossary, you can add "OTLVISE", which is a patented modular clamp assembly with multiple tool attachments to move pool table slate easily up or down stairs.

  11. gerrygerry from Toronto, ON on 9/18/2015 5:36:49 AM

    What about a "whiner" in billiards?

  12. billiardsforumbilliardsforum from Halifax, NS on 1/26/2017 3:11:51 PM

    Thanks for the billiard term suggestions. I just processed a bunch of them as follows:

    • @Bob Whitestine - Added twainer, but couldn't find any references to it's use besides your comment. Let me know if can point me to somewhere you see it being used as related to cue sports.
    • @Georgette - Added doublette and doublet.
    • @ilias28 - The term bank shot was already in the billiard dictionary.
    • @Wes - I didn't add your suggestion yet, as I have not been able to find even a single reference to the term "bus" in the context you mentioned. If you have any more information or can show me a cue sport reference where they use the term "bus" in a billiards context, I will have a look and review.
    • @Bill Hyde - Added getting pumped up and pump stroke
    • @John Palmer - Added OTLVISE even though really just a product name. Seems like it is "the" pool table slate dolly and the name might be synonymous with the item. Probably not, but I'll give you the benefit of the doubt for now.
    • @gerry - I didn't add the term "whiner" as you didn't provide any billiard definition or cue sport context. I am not going to guess at it. Send more info or clarification if you want.

    Keep 'em coming...

  13. Donna ReidDonna Reid from Universal City, TX on 11/11/2020 8:44:25 PM

    Nipple Rage: Getting upset after missing a shot because of rattling on the points of the cushions.

  14. billiardsforumbilliardsforum from Halifax, NS on 11/18/2020 6:58:57 AM

    @Donna Reid - Thanks. I've added the term nipple rage.

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