Advertisement

carom (n.)

1779, "the hitting of two or three balls in succession by the cue ball at a single stroke," a shortening and alteration of carambole (1775), from French carambole "the red ball in billiards," from Spanish carombola "the red ball in billiards," perhaps originally "fruit of the tropical Asian carambola tree," which is round and orange and supposed to resemble a red billiard ball; from Marathi (southern Indian) karambal:

If the Striker hits the Red and his Adversary's Ball with his own Ball he played with, he wins two Points; which Stroke is called a Carambole, or for Shortness, a Carrom. ["Hoyle's Games Improved," London, 1779]

carom (v.)

1860, "to strike or collide with a thing and then rebound or glance off," from carom (n.). Related: Caromed; caroming.

Others are reading

Advertisement
Advertisement
Definitions of carom from WordNet
1
carom (v.)
rebound after hitting;
The car caromed off several lampposts
carom (v.)
make a carom;
2
carom (n.)
a glancing rebound;
Synonyms: ricochet
carom (n.)
a shot in billiards in which the cue ball contacts one object ball and then the other;
Synonyms: cannon
From wordnet.princeton.edu