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carom

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noun car·om \ˈker-əm, ˈka-rəm\

Definition of carom

  1. 1 a :  a shot in billiards in which the cue ball strikes each of two object balls b :  a shot in pool in which an object ball strikes another ball before falling into a pocket — compare combination shot

  2. 2 :  a rebounding especially at an angle



Origin and Etymology of carom

by shortening & alteration from obsolete carambole, from Spanish carambola


First Known Use: 1779


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carom

verb car·om

Definition of carom

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to strike and rebound :  glance <the car caromed off a tree>

  3. 2 :  to make a carom

  4. 3 :  to proceed by or as if by caroms <carom from city to city>



Examples of carom in a sentence

  1. <a ball caromed off the wall>



1860

First Known Use of carom

1860


CAROM Defined for Kids

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carom

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noun car·om \ˈker-əm\

Definition of carom for Students

  1. :  the act of bouncing back at an angle




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carom

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verb car·om

Definition of carom for Students

caromed

caroming

  1. :  to hit and bounce back at an angle <The puck caromed off his stick toward the goal.>





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