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Carom - Billiard Term Definition

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Definition of Carom

Carom is a billiards term that is a part of Billiard Technique Terminology.

A carom is a type of shot that occurs when the object ball touches or kisses one or more other balls or rails on its way to the pocket. It should be noted that there is a subtle distinction between carom shots, billiard shots, and combination shots. The term carom may also refer to a carom shot where a point is scored in carom billiard games by shooting the cue ball into the two object balls. In British, Australian, and sometimes Canadian usage, the word Cannon is sometimes used to refer to a carom.

See: cannon, carambola for more on the meaning of "Carom".

Carom - Usage

You just need to carom the 7 ball off the the 3 ball and it will go right into the corner pocket.

Carom - Origin and History

The term carom first came in to use in the 1860s as a concise version of the term carambola.

Billiards - Carom

  • Title: Carom
  • Author: (Billiards Forum)
  • Published: 3/8/2006
  • Last Updated: 1/4/2008 9:48:59 PM
  • Last Updated By: billiardsforum

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