AskDefine | Define carom

Dictionary Definition



1 a glancing rebound [syn: ricochet]
2 a shot in billiards in which the cue ball contacts one object ball and then the other [syn: cannon]


1 rebound after hitting; "The car caromed off several lampposts" [syn: glance]
2 make a carom

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. Probably corrupted from French carumboler to carom, carambolage a carom, carambole the red ball in billiards.

Alternative spellings


  1. (Billiards) A shot in which the ball struck with the cue comes in contact with two or more balls on the table; a hitting of two or more balls with the player's ball; in England it is called cannon.


  1. (intransitive) To make a carom.
to proceed in a regular and oscillatory manner, usually at low frequency, as in the path of the sun around the galactic centre (which takes 250 million years) with a bobbing motion across the galactic plane of frequency 60 million years, ie about four times every circuit. (See: Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan, "Comet", p 298, First Pocket Books, Simon and Schuster 1986).

Extensive Definition

Carom may refer to:

See also

  • Carrom, a family of tabletop games
  • Caromb, a commune in Vaucluse, France

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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