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 Inside the car’s purposeful cockpit is a manual stick shift, topped with a traditional black cue ball on a chrome shaft, diligently clunked through a heavy slotted five-speed gate with Reverse located at the top left. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 5 Apr. 2021 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, 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, 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, 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, 14 Jan. 2020 These are played on a pocketless table with three balls — two cue balls and one object ball. John Torsiello,, 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., 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, 22 June 2019

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First Known Use of cue ball

1881, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cue ball was in 1881

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“Cue ball.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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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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