One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A cannon in billiards or pool.
- ‘The result: the kind of crazy caroms and tricky spins you'd expect from a pinball machine.’
- ‘He mastered the caroms, and was called the ‘Reading Rifle’ because of his great arm.’’
- 1.1mass noun A game resembling billiards, played on a table without pockets and depending on cannons for scoring.
- ‘The name of the game is carom, the original game from which billiards and later snooker developed.’
verb[no object]North American
Make a carom; strike and rebound.
ricochet, rebound, be deflectedView synonyms
- ‘It caromed to the left, barely missing Elijah's thigh and clipping the wall behind him, creating an impact circle the size of a thumb.’
- ‘She hurled it at the ant, and the stone caromed off the carapace.’
- ‘But the ball caromed off a tree and bounced back into a bunker, leaving a shot at the green.’
- ‘The ball hit the base runner and caromed into the hands of the second baseman who threw the batter/runner out.’
- ‘With five seconds left, James missed a free throw, which caromed off to the left side.’
- ‘We saw one ball bounce off it during a pitcher's warm-up, and it caromed past the mound almost to the first baseman's position!’
- ‘In the bottom of the fifth inning, Manny Ramirez hit a shot down the third base line that caromed off the stands and struck Gerry Davis, the left field line umpire.’
- ‘As Appling reached down for the ball, it took a bad hop and caromed off his shoulder.’
- ‘Instead of removing the ball from harm's way, it caromed off her foot and dribbled into the open goal.’
- ‘It hit the leftfield wall, caromed around the outfield, and the left fielder picked up the ball.’
- ‘The puck caromed off another spectator before hitting Cecil, whose seat was more than 100 feet behind the glass.’
- ‘The holes are situated in valleys and are very user-friendly: Nearly every tee is elevated and wayward drives carom safely back into play.’
- ‘Ilham almost found the Saudi net with his free header in the 42nd minute after receiving a good cross from the right side, but the ball caromed off the crossbar.’
- ‘Its fairways often are bordered by gentle slopes that carom the ball back toward the fairway.’
- ‘The ball tended to carom off those thick flagsticks, too.’
- ‘The ball crashed off the center field wall before caroming back onto the outfield grass.’
- ‘The ball hopped hard to the right, nowhere to go but out of bounds, until it caromed off the 7cm wide post and back into play.’
- ‘The ball then caromed back toward the line of scrimmage.’
- ‘The ball caromed off his forehead into the hands of shortstop Bill Knickerbocker.’
- ‘The ball, however, made contact with umpire Paul Runge, who was positioned on the infield side, and it caromed into short left field behind the shortstop.’
Late 18th century: abbreviation of carambole, from Spanish carambola, apparently from bola ‘ball’.
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