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

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 Franchy Cordero tripled off Drew Steckenrider (0-2) when the ball took a crazy carom off the Green Monster away from center fielder Rodríguez. Ken Powtak, Hartford Courant, 22 May 2022 Antetokounmpo punctuated this painful afternoon with 2:11 left when tossed the ball off the backboard from 5 feet out, grabbed the carom and dunked for a 101-87 lead. Mark Murphy, Hartford Courant, 1 May 2022 When his defenders failed to clear the rebound from the penalty area, Ferreira was able to head the high carom back toward the net for Weah, who went airborne in an attempt to get a foot on it and missed. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, 27 Jan. 2022 But Gonzalez collected the carom off the board and left-footed a shot into the net. Don Norcross, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Jan. 2022 Two minutes later, as McDermott missed a 3-pointer, Poeltl got a hand on the carom to tap it to Derrick White on the perimeter. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, 14 Dec. 2021 The Angels leadoff hitter has above-average sprint speed and was well around second as Ramón Laureano fielded the carom off the center-field wall. Matt Kawahara, San Francisco Chronicle, 19 July 2021 Having swished his first free throw to cut the Clippers’ deficit to 81-79, center DeMarcus Cousins stepped to the line needing to hit the rim in hopes the carom would land in a teammate’s grip, providing an extra possession. Andrew Greif, Los Angeles Times, 26 June 2021 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Those are tough to acquire when shots carom all over the gym. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 26 Apr. 2022 All of the bounces that went Penn State's way in the first half began to carom the other way as Michigan's pressure defense intensified. Michael Cohen, Detroit Free Press, 9 Feb. 2022 By watching the ball carom off the left hand of an opposing linebacker. Mike Finger, San Antonio Express-News, 20 Nov. 2021 The forward arced a shot into the crossbar, forcing the ball to ricochet downwards with enough backspin to carom into the goal. Julia Poe,, 22 Sep. 2021 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 See More

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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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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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