balk·​line ˈbȯ-ˌklīn How to pronounce balkline (audio)
: a line across a billiard table near one end behind which the cue balls are placed in making opening shots
: one of four lines parallel to the cushions of a billiard table dividing it into nine compartments
: a billiards game that sets restrictions in scoring caroms according to these lines

Examples of balkline in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The main carom billiards games are straight rail, balkline and especially three cushion billiards. John Torsiello,, 13 Nov. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1839, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of balkline was in 1839

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“Balkline.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

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