One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A smooth rectangular cloth-covered table used for billiards and some forms of pool, typically with six pockets at the corners and sides into which the balls can be struck.
- ‘To illustrate, imagine a billiard table with balls lying in a certain position.’
- ‘Louis XIV's brother Duke Arthur - a bit of a playboy, by all accounts - installed a billiard table with pegs in the games room of his Castle Bagatelle gaff.’
- ‘What could be more deterministic than the motion of billiard balls on a billiard table?’
- ‘The wide, hard roads are as smooth as a billiard table and guarantee breathtaking speeds.’
- ‘There was also a billiard table and there were lots of books in a corner.’
- ‘The short crossing by propeller aircraft from the mainland is like drifting across a giant billiard table of brushed blue velvet, creased only by the occasional extravagant V made by a toy-sized fishing boat put-puttering for home.’
- ‘It's not even the rainy season - or what we used to qualify as the rainy season, as if we knew anything about it in the first place - but the storms are stacked up out over the Pacific like pool balls on a billiard table and not a pocket in sight.’
- ‘They had a billiard table and I had never played billiards but he and his father played all the time and I remember thinking, ‘that must be rather nice’.’
- ‘An upper tier of bookcases was added in 1875, when excess books had started to pile up under the billiard table.’
- ‘It was shiny and damp from the ocean fog, and the greens were as smooth as a billiard table.’
- ‘A billiard ball sitting on a billiard table needs to be struck in such a way to simultaneously reduce the risk of a rival scoring from it, and maximise the score available, for instance by potting it into a pocket.’
- ‘The first major difference from a billiard table is that one end is rounded instead of square.’
- ‘The beautifully constructed open-air dining hall sits right on the beach next door to a game room housing a billiard table and video games for the kids.’
- ‘To the left, the main reception room interconnects into what the agent terms a play room or media room, where there is space for a billiard table, dartboard and bar.’
- ‘His house was full of portraits and suits of armour, thick with dust and on the billiard table was a picture of himself and the Queen Mother, covered in cobwebs.’
- ‘On the left is a billiard room with an antique billiard table picked up from an army barracks in Clonmel, and straight across is the drawing room.’
- ‘There was a ping-pong table as well as the TV, but she was much more interested in the billiard table.’
- ‘As smooth as a billiard table and gently winding through the lush, green North Island countryside, they pose fewer mechanical demands than most gravel rallies and invite drivers to attack them.’
- ‘Inside were wonderfully carved, handsome pieces like six-legged snooker tables and eight-legged billiard tables.’
- ‘These three laws of motion are general, applying just as accurately to the behaviour of balls on a billiard table as to the motion of the heavenly bodies.’
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