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car·​om ˈker-əm How to pronounce carom (audio)
: a shot in billiards in which the cue ball strikes each of two object balls
: a shot in pool in which an object ball strikes another ball before falling into a pocket compare combination shot
: a rebounding especially at an angle


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caromed; caroming; caroms

intransitive verb

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

Examples of carom in a Sentence

Verb a ball caromed off the wall
Recent Examples on the Web
The Orioles get two prodigious Eddie Murray home runs — one of which caroms off the Phillies’ scoreboard — and one by Series MVP Rick Dempsey. Mike Klingaman, Baltimore Sun, 19 Sep. 2023 The replay shows the puck enters the goal just below the crossbar and caroms off the frame at the back of the net. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 28 Apr. 2023 Punter missed his first free throw, then intentionally missed the second in hopes of a wild carom and 3-point attempt. Creg Stephenson |, al, 4 Mar. 2023 Myers retrieved the carom and fired a throw home. Matt Kawahara, San Francisco Chronicle, 4 Aug. 2021 Waiting for the second carom was Angel Ramirez, who pounded the ball past the goalie. Don Norcross, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Feb. 2023 His shot took a considerable deflection on the way in, and Houston goalkeeper Steve Clark was sent diving in the wrong direction by the carom. The Enquirer, 25 Feb. 2023 The crowd of 36,242 gasped when, tied at 27, the extra-point attempt from Camden Lewis hit the left upright and barely stayed inside the opposite upright on the carom. Bryce Millercolumnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Dec. 2022 The ball hit the angled portion of the wall beyond the reach of center fielder Michael Harris II, and the carom rolled along the warning track toward right-center. CBS News, 16 Oct. 2022
The ball caromed off the back rim into the lane, and LeDee charged through two UNLV players to grab it and score. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Jan. 2024 Fittingly, Clark, the future Torero, closed the match with a kill that caromed off the Dons. Don Norcross, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Nov. 2023 The ball caromed off two Poway blockers, landed out of bounds, and the Parker bench erupted, sprinting on the floor. Don Norcross, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Nov. 2023 Lavelle’s straight-on shot caromed off a wall player’s head, repulsing Seattle’s final charge. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Nov. 2023 With the score tied at the end of regulation, Tatum drove and found Smart for a wide-open 3-pointer that caromed off the rim. Adam Himmelsbach,, 8 May 2023 The ball caromed back to Torrey’s side, with Krystkowiak closely tracking it, watching the ball hit the floor barely a foot wide. Don Norcross, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Oct. 2023 His shot caromed off the post to the far side for Capodanno, who buried the rebound. Glenn Graham, Baltimore Sun, 19 Sep. 2023 The set ended fitting when the Falcons tried to block one of Hanes’ smashes only for the ball to carom out of bounds. Don Norcross, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History



by shortening & alteration from obsolete carambole, from Spanish carambola

First Known Use


1779, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1860, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of carom was in 1779

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Cite this Entry

“Carom.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
car·​om ˈkar-əm How to pronounce carom (audio)
: a rebounding especially at an angle


2 of 2 verb
: to strike and rebound at an angle

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