cue ball


Definition of cue ball

: the ball a player strikes with the cue in billiards and pool

Examples of cue ball in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Their mother swooped in, her white head glistening in the late afternoon sunshine like a cue ball under bar lights. Sebastian Modak, Condé Nast Traveler, "Will Solo Travel Have the Same Appeal After the Coronavirus?," 3 July 2020 Even better, the Mach 1's shift knob is the same retro white cue ball as the Bullitt. Connor Hoffman, Car and Driver, "Here Are All the Shelby Parts on the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1," 16 June 2020 The pool game ended, the players left, and the cue ball took its place behind the bar. John Branch, New York Times, "Does Coronavirus Mean the End of Sports as We Know Them?," 14 Mar. 2020 Powerful cosmic rays splinter the grains’ particles, sending pieces flying in all directions like a cue ball breaking a rack in billiards. Charlie Wood, Popular Science, "Researchers trace galactic history in ancient grains of alien sand," 14 Jan. 2020 These are played on a pocketless table with three balls — two cue balls and one object ball. John Torsiello,, "Cue the fun: Give the game of pool a shot," 13 Nov. 2019 Three-cushion billiards revolves around getting the cue ball to strike the two other balls and also hit the side of the table three times., "In Malden, a billiards champion and his pool hall rack up a fervent following - The Boston Globe," 7 Nov. 2019 Hence, any pool player whose cue ball or target ball is behind the eight ball is in the perilous position of having to sink another ball without colliding with or even nicking the eight. Richard Lederer, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Language insights into the games that people play," 22 June 2019 In recreation rooms, some boys watched a soccer match on TV; some took part in a tai chi class; others played pool or foosball (in one case with a cue ball). Bob Ortega, CNN, "What it's like inside the former superstore in Texas where the US is holding 1,400 immigrant children," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of cue ball

1881, in the meaning defined above

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“Cue ball.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of cue ball

: the white ball that a player hits with the cue in pool, billiards, and snooker

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