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 Unlike a similar play earlier in the game, on which Wade put a hit on a receiver but defensive end Chase Young could not hold on to the carom, the Buckeyes were able to flip possession. Nathan Baird,, "Ohio State football’s Shaun Wade shows time is now to make impact in secondary," 12 Sep. 2019 With José Altuve at first, Michael Brantley singled to right off the side wall, and Laureano bobbled the carom — so Altuve tried to come around to score. Susan Slusser,, "A’s Ramón Laureano, now in right, provides key assist," 11 Sep. 2019 Round, soft, chewy black orbs made of salt, sugar, cumin, amchur (mango powder), and ajwain (carom seeds) that happen to aid in digestion. Priya Krishna, Bon Appétit, "I Pop These Digestive Pills Like Candy (Because They Basically Are)," 7 Sep. 2019 So, a recession would be an interestingly injurious carom — a win, of a perverse sort — from his trade war. George Will, National Review, "Trade War Shows Reality of ‘America First’ in Action," 25 Aug. 2019 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb However, the ball caromed off his hands and into those of Memphis tight end Joey Magnifico, who ran 59 yards to the USA 4. Creg Stephenson |, al, "Quarter-by-quarter look at South Alabama’s 42-6 loss to Memphis," 14 Sep. 2019 The ball got past Oates’ glove, hit his shinguard and caromed over to the plate end of the visitors’ dugout on the third base side, giving Rose time to rush to the plate. Mark Schmetzer,, "Top Cincinnati Reds games: No. 13 – April 4, 1974 – Marty Brennaman's first home run call," 5 Sep. 2019 The Giants catcher snapped an 0-for-16 stretch at the plate with a high, arching flyball down the right field line that hit off the top of the brick wall before caroming into right center field. Kerry Crowley, The Mercury News, "Giants check off each box on Bochy’s wish list in final game of first half," 28 June 2019 But Willians Astudillo opened the inning by reaching on a grounder that shortstop Francisco Lindor couldn’t handle, and Jonathan Schoop followed with a high line drive off reliever Adam Cimber that caromed off the scoreboard in right center. John Shipley, Twin Cities, "Twins needed some good news, and Mitch Garver delivered," 7 Sep. 2019 The shelling continued with Matt Olson’s monster RBI double that caromed off the Levi’s Landing G and scored two more runs. Shayna Rubin, The Mercury News, "Matt Chapman homers twice in Oakland Athletics’ win over Giants," 14 Aug. 2019 The ball caromed away from left fielder Wil Myers, allowing Max Muncy to score from first base and Turner to scamper into second with a double. Los Angeles Times, "Dodgers slump gets worse as they let win vs. Padres slip through their legs," 26 Aug. 2019 Crawford’s line drive hung up in the air, but eventually caromed high off the ivy lining the right field wall and dropped to the warning track as the shortstop settled for a triple. Kerry Crowley, The Mercury News, "Windy City plays tricks on Giants, Samardzija’s strong start blown away in shutout loss," 22 Aug. 2019 The first pitch Yardley threw was lined to left field, directly at Josh Naylor, who had the ball carom off his glove for an error as Nick Senzel ran to second base. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Padres drop series to Reds, finish road trip 3-3," 21 Aug. 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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9 Oct 2019

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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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