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 for carom

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 Dylan Carlson played the carom off the wall, and the bases were clogged, with Bellinger trapped off third base and Taylor trapped off second. Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times, 2 June 2021 Pinder reached third as Lewis bobbled the carom and scored on Kemp’s sacrifice fly. Matt Kawahara, San Francisco Chronicle, 31 May 2021 The finish might have also reversed the team's puck luck, as the winger capitalized on a fortuitous carom in the wake of a string of close calls and near misses by the Wild. Sarah Mclellan, Star Tribune, 25 May 2021 Laureano barehanded the carom and fired in a throw. Matt Kawahara, San Francisco Chronicle, 18 May 2021 The carom gave Washington a 3 on 1, and Lars Eller’s heavy shot went through Rask’s glove and off the crossbar., 15 May 2021 As soon as an opponent launched a shot, Molloy would begin running the opposite direction, waiting for Duncan to grab the carom and hit him with a football pass for a layup. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, 14 May 2021 Nyk Sessock got a foot to the ball, sending it off the far left post and Maouloune Goumballe pounced on the carom for a 2-1 advantage. Jeremy Price, The Indianapolis Star, 7 May 2021 Tyler Pitlick took a big hit from the Kings' Drew Doughty as the puck got to him, and the carom went to Kessel for a rebound goal. Jose M. Romero, The Arizona Republic, 19 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Filip Mirkovic's shot hit the crossbar, bounced down and appeared to carom off the post as well as the Panthers screamed that the ball had crossed the goal line. Jeremy Price, The Indianapolis Star, 15 May 2021 The poems carom about inside Atwood’s fertile imagination, bouncing from the personal to political to genuinely funny. Sydney Williams, NBC News, 9 Dec. 2020 Skip-firing is banned by some organizations because the bullets carom so unpredictably. Anchorage Daily News, 7 June 2020 But when the ball caromed off the empty outfield seats, a lump rose in my throat. Robert O'connell, The Atlantic, 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, 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, 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,, 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, 16 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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13 Jun 2021

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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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