car·​om | \ ˈker-əm How to pronounce carom (audio) , ˈka-rəm \

Definition of carom

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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 : a rebounding especially at an angle


caromed; caroming; caroms

Definition of carom (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to strike and rebound : glance the car caromed off a tree
2 : to make a carom
3 : to proceed by or as if by caroms carom from city to city

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Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of carom in a Sentence

Verb a ball caromed off the wall
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Gallo has also taken some balls on the turf and is learning more about bounces and caroms. Dallas News, "Globe Life Field may provide Rangers with bigger advantage in 2020 than originally expected," 13 May 2020 After Cincinnati conceded for 2-2 early in the second half, Allan Cruz took a carom off the post and one-timed it into the back of the net to restore FC Cincinnati's lead. Pat Brennan,, "FC Cincinnati ties KR Reykjavik at IMG Academy, 3-3, to close MLS preseason," 21 Feb. 2020 Gordon Hayward grabbed the carom of a 46-footer Kemba Walker inexplicably launched to beat the clock with 29.1 seconds remaining, setting up Jaylen Brown for the layup and a lead. Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle, "Rockets enter All-Star break with win over Celtics," 11 Feb. 2020 Error 0: Teague Elementary School’s Deshawn Branch shattered the old Bobcats record of 15 rebounds in one game when the youngster pulled down 20 caroms. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Coach’s health scare inspires 9 and 10-year-old Bobcats to 34-27 win," 4 Feb. 2020 Seconds later, Mackenzie MacEachern pounced on a carom off the boards after a dump in that shot out to the front of the net and gave the puck a backhanded push past Corey Crawford. Jimmy Greenfield,, "Patrick Kane’s point streak stalls at 15 as Blackhawks end rough day with 4-0 loss to the Blues," 2 Dec. 2019 Dahl misplayed the carom off the side wall, allowing Casali to score and Winker to cruise into third. Patrick Saunders, The Denver Post, "Twin solo homers carry Rockies to win over Reds to start season’s second half," 12 July 2019 On Tuesday, Yaz walked the outfield in front of the Green Monster with his grandson, and warned him about the caroms being different off the scoreboard than off the wall above it., "here were screams of joy in the Yastrzemski house on the North Shore when San Francisco Giants outfielder Mike Yastrzemski laced into a 96-mile-an-hour Nathan Eovaldi fastball Tuesday night and sent it rocketing toward the center-field bleachers at Fenway Park.," 20 Sep. 2019 There are essentially two varieties of billiards games: carom and pocket. John Torsiello,, "Cue the fun: Give the game of pool a shot," 13 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Skip-firing is banned by some organizations because the bullets carom so unpredictably. Anchorage Daily News, "A guide to the less-lethal weapons that law enforcement uses against protesters," 7 June 2020 But when the ball caromed off the empty outfield seats, a lump rose in my throat. Robert O'connell, The Atlantic, "Baseball’s Strange and Poignant Return to TV," 12 May 2020 Cowan got a decent look at a three-pointer but the ball hit off the rim and caromed into the left corner. Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Awards show: UW's victory over Maryland the team's game of the year," 27 Mar. 2020 Nieto nearly scored late in the period but his shot caromed off the left post and rolled out of trouble parallel to the goal line. Mike Chambers, The Denver Post, "Nathan MacKinnon’s OT goal lifts Avalanche over Panthers," 18 Oct. 2019 Cunningham was his typical wrecking-ball self, disrupting drives, darting into passing lanes and sending bodies (his own included) caroming to the hardwood. Nick Moyle,, "Courtney Ramey erupts for career-high 26 as Texas downs Kansas State," 22 Feb. 2020 But his second hit the back of the iron, and caromed to Curry, who was cutting across from the left side. Creg Stephenson |, al, "South Alabama edges ULM 50-49 on KK Curry’s last-second putback," 16 Feb. 2020 His receivers dropped seven passes, including one that caromed off Kendrick Bourne’s hands and led to Garoppolo’s lone interception, in the overtime loss to Seattle on Nov. 11. Eric Branch,, "49ers’ nine wins obscure scary stat: Jimmy Garoppolo’s 10 picks," 19 Nov. 2019 Crouse attempted a pass to Hinostroza, but the feed caromed off an Oilers defender and found its way in the net. Richard Morin, azcentral, "Arizona Coyotes snap losing skid with big win over Edmonton Oilers," 4 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of carom


1779, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1860, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for carom


by shortening & alteration from obsolete carambole, from Spanish carambola

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The first known use of carom was in 1779

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4 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Carom.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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car·​om | \ ˈker-əm How to pronounce carom (audio) \

Kids Definition of carom

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the act of bouncing back at an angle


caromed; caroming

Kids Definition of carom (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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