car·​om | \ ˈker-əm , 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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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 Cordero’s 489-foot blast, also the longest in the majors this season, traveled at 116.3 mph from home plate to its carom off the side of the scoreboard in center field. Kevin Acee,, "Tyson Ross flirts with first Padres no-hitter in win over D-backs," 20 Apr. 2018 Then, with a tick under two minutes left, the puck took an unexpected carom off the glass and landed on the stick of Vegas forward Cody Eakin, who quickly sent it across to linemate Alex Tuch. Helene Elliott,, "Gutsy Capitals crash Golden Knights' playoff party with 3-2 win in Game 2 of Stanley Cup Final," 31 May 2018 Capela smoothly swatted away Durant's offering at the rim but mishandled the resulting carom. Brent Zwerneman, Houston Chronicle, "Rockets' Clint Capela breaks through in Game 5 against Warriors," 25 May 2018

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Shaw was only on third because center fielder Cody Bellinger appeared to misjudge Shaw’s long fly, allowing it to carom off the wall for a triple that probably could have been the third out of the inning. Greg Beacham, The Seattle Times, "Grandal’s woes, quiet LA bats doom Dodgers in NLCS Game 3," 15 Oct. 2018 And not on the holes of Amen Corner, where his wayward shots splashed in water, caromed off a patron and parted the gallery. Karen Crouse, New York Times, "Tiger Woods Is More Dogged Than Dazzling in His Return to the Masters," 5 Apr. 2018 Lorenzo Cain salvaged the inning by smacking an infield hit that caromed off Eflin, tying the score. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Phillies 4, Brewers 3: Sloppy fifth inning proves costly as Brewers are denied a sweep," 10 June 2018 Skateboarders became fond of rocketing off the Katzen and caroming off the Smith, and a skater once smashed a window. Susan Dunne,, "The Sculptures Outside The Wadsworth, Explained," 9 July 2018 Renfroe ran down Brandon Belt’s two-out drive to the gap but failed to haul it in as the ball caromed off his glove and Belt got to second base with a double. Kevin Acee,, "Padres notes: Margot back on top; Renfroe tumbles; Hedges returns," 24 June 2018 The penalty carried into the second, and just 37 seconds into that stanza, Patric Hornqvist, left alone in front, beat Lyon with a shot that caromed off the right post and into the net. Sam Carchidi,, "Flyers fall to Sidney Crosby, Penguins in OT," 25 Mar. 2018 His drive on the reachable par-4 eighth hole caromed off a tree, through the bunker and onto the green to set up an eagle. USA TODAY, "Niemann wins Latin America Amateur with closing 63," 23 Jan. 2018 Malkin fed Kessel, whose right-circle drive hit off Elliott’s pads, caromed off the right post, and bounced into the net with 5:23 left in the first. Sam Carchidi,, "Flyers lose to Penguins, on brink of elimination from NHL playoffs," 18 Apr. 2018

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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 \

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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