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

bounce, glance, rebound, ricochet, skim, skip

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Examples of carom in a Sentence


a ball caromed off the wall

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San Francisco’s explosion included an RBI triple off Austin Slater that took a wicked carom of the right-field wall, skipping past Blackmon and back toward the infield. Patrick Saunders, The Denver Post, "Ian Desmond, Ryan McMahon, lead Rockies to comeback win over Giants," 2 Aug. 2019 Winker doesn’t hit the ball very hard, but left fielder David Dahl misplays the carom off the side wall, allowing Casali to score and Winker to cruise into third. Patrick Saunders, The Denver Post, "Gray’s anatomy: One game at Coors Field through the eyes of the Rockies’ right-hander," 20 July 2019 Her debut in English, A Girl Returned, caroms from one side of the divide to the other. John Domini, Dallas News, "An Italian teenager meets the family she didn't know existed in 'A Girl Returned'," 1 July 2019 Shortstop Didi Gregorius wandered far into the outfield, retrieved the carom and made a long relay — and wound up hurting his elbow, an injury that required Tommy John surgery. Ben Walker, The Seattle Times, "World Series Game 1 to be cold one for Dodgers, Red Sox," 23 Oct. 2018 The former football star had a tough time tracking the ball and an even tougher time judging the carom off the Maine Monster, Portland’s Green Monster replica. Dan Gartland,, "Tim Tebow Flummoxed by Green Monster Clone, Has Triple Bounce Off His Noggin," 3 July 2018 Donte Ingram grabs the carom off a miss by Clayton Custer, then lofts a teardrop layup as the horn sounds to extend Loyola's lead over Michigan to 29-22 at halftime. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Game recap: Michigan defeats Loyola, headed to title game," 31 Mar. 2018 Fried then made the double mistake of walking Chacín on a wild pitch to the backstop that allowed Saladino to score despite a carom back to catcher Tyler Flowers, who flipped to his pitcher, only to see the ball get away. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers 7, Braves 2: Jhoulys Chacín gives a weary bullpen some rest with 7 strong innings," 5 July 2018 Clark did manage seven first-half rebounds and eventually wound up with a game-high 11 caroms. Chris Hays,, "AAC Tournament: Top-seeded Cincinnati fights off SMU in quarterfinals," 9 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In the seventh pitch of the at-bat, Albies hit a shot off Alcantara's left heel that caromed into left field and allowed Culberson to score from second., "Marlins stun Braves with four runs in ninth inning and walk-off sac fly in 10th," 11 Aug. 2019 The ball caromed off Camden Yards’ brick backstop and right to Severino, who upon first turning back toward the diamond seemed for a split second to be surprised to see Tatis closing in. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Padres rookie Fernando Tatis Jr. runs around expectations, limitations," 29 June 2019 Nick Ahmed followed with a run-scoring double and Christian Walker scored from third on a pitch that caromed off home plate umpire Joe West’s mask. John Marshall, The Seattle Times, "Sandoval’s HR in 10th gives Giants 3-2 win over Diamondbacks," 19 May 2019 Xander Schauffele caught a break when his tee shot on the 18th caromed off the rock edge of the left fairway, setting up a 12-foot eagle. Doug Ferguson,, "Rose starts U.S. Open with record 65; Koepka 4 back in bid for 3-peat," 14 June 2019 Machado hit a grounder that shortstop Trea Turner fielded and threw to third trying to get the fleet Tatis, who was sliding by the time Turner’s high throw caromed off third baseman Anthony Rendon’s glove. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Tatis helps Padres rally past Nationals; resilient Lucchesi gets birthday win," 7 June 2019 Instead, the ball caromed off Muncy’s back and out of play, and Muncy was awarded second and third base. Patrick Saunders, The Denver Post, "Rockies drop ninth consecutive game against Dodgers as Jairo Diaz gives up the walk-off home run," 21 June 2019 The ball was clocked at 102 miles per hour and caromed off Newcomb’s head and sailed into the netting behind the Phillies’ dugout on the third base side., "Yankees get slugger Edwin Encarnación in trade with Mariners," 16 June 2019 Porter tried to move out of the way, but the ball hit his foot — and caromed directly toward the flagstick. Ron Kroichick,, "Pebble Beach’s 10 most memorable shots, including Watson and Nicklaus at 17," 9 June 2019

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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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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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