1. A collision followed by a rebound.
a. A shot in billiards in which the cue ball successively strikes two other balls. Also called billiard.
b. A similar shot in a related game, such as pool.
v. car·omed, car·om·ing, car·oms
1. To collide and rebound; glance: The car caromed off the guardrail into the ditch.
2. To make a carom, as in billiards.
To cause to carom.
[Short for carambole, a stroke at billiards, from French, a billiard ball, from Spanish carambola, a stroke at billiards, perhaps from Portuguese, carambola; see CARAMBOLA.]
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