Definition of three-cushion billiards in US English:

three-cushion billiards

plural noun

  • usually treated as singular A billiards game played on a table without pockets and depending on caroms for scoring, in which the cue ball must strike at least three cushions before striking the second object ball.

    • ‘In three-cushion billiards, the cue ball must touch cushion three times before hitting the second object ball.’
    • ‘Fascinated by billiards during his university days at Seoul National University, Lee won 10 consecutive Korean national titles in three-cushion billiards from 1978 to 1987.’
    • ‘When it's played correctly, three-cushion billiards is truly hypnotic to watch.’
    • ‘Players may specialize in carambole games played on pocketless tables, including three-cushion billiards, three-cushion carom and straight-rail billiards.’
    • ‘The world 18.2 balkline champion in 1907, from 1910 through 1920, from 1923 through 1924, and in 1927, Hoppe began concentrating on three-cushion billiards in the 1930s.’
    • ‘To him, three-cushion billiards was much more than just a sport or a mere pastime in which to indulge - it was a way of life.’
    • ‘The world's best players of three-cushion billiards, which uses three balls on a pocketless table, are competing in Queens.’
    • ‘He has won numerous tournaments including the National Senior and National Amateur tournaments in three-cushion billiards.’
    • ‘In any case, in order to play three-cushion billiards you have to have an advanced technique and a reasonable control over the spin on the balls.’
    • ‘Most difficult is three-cushion billiards, in which the cue ball must contact three or more cushions before completing the carom.’
    • ‘Through the 1930's, both pool and billiards, particularly three-cushion billiards, shared the spotlight.’
    • ‘Almost 50 years ago exactly, Harold Worst went to Buenos Aires and conquered the world of three-cushion billiards.’