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Definition of "carom" [car•om]

  • A collision followed by a rebound. (noun)
  • A shot in billiards in which the cue ball successively strikes two other balls. Also called billiard. (noun)
  • A similar shot in a related game, such as pool. (noun)
  • To collide and rebound; glance: The car caromed off the guardrail into the ditch. (verb-intransitive)
  • To make a carom, as in billiards. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "carom" in a sentence
  • "But the word "carom" sparked an idea and an invention."
  • "He poked his stick behind Kolzig's skate on the first one and wristed in a long carom from the goalie on the second."
  • "But even after Paraguay forward Fredy Bareiro scored off a carom from the goalpost in the 67th minute, Iraq pressed hard with substitute Razzaq Farhan scoring in the 83rd."