Billiards Games Terms at gamerisms
Games Terms: D – Z
Billiards, part 2 includes the unique terms Feather Shot, Gather
Shot, Gully Table, Jawed Ball, Pills and Stop Shot.
the Billiards Games Glossary.
Billiards Games Terms: D
Billiards Games Terms: F
- Dead Ball:
term for cue ball that loses speed after contact
with object ball. Also Kill
- Drop Pockets: term for
ball returns that do not drop to end
of pocket table.
Elimination: term for player eliminated after 2
- Double Hit:
when the billiard cue tip strikes the cue ball
twice on the same shot.
- Double Round
Robin: each participant in these tournaments
plays all their opponents twice.
Billiards Games Terms: G
- Feather Shot:
jargon for cue ball that only brushes the
- Follow Shot:
occurs when cue ball moves forward after
touching object ball.
- Foot of Table:
located at the end of a table where the
balls are racked.
- Force Draw:
shot aimed directly at the intended ball with
the power applied on the cue ball that affects the
movement of the ball.
a violation of the rules that results in a penalty.
- Foul Stroke:
shot that results in a foul.
term for a snooker game.
Ball: occurs after a foul when a free ball is called. An
player that did not receive the foul may select a ball as on and
receive the value.
refers to one ball touching another and/or cushion.
- Full Ball:
jargon for cue ball touching an intended ball at
a line split.
Billiards Games Terms: H
- Game Ball:
last ball if completed concludes the game and
names a winner.
- Gather Shot:
term for strategic shot that when
completed will allow for an easy score on the follow-up shot.
manner in which the thicker end of the cue is held.
- Gully Table:
term for design that provides return of
pocketed balls to the end of the table.
Billiards Games Terms: K
variations of scoring or rules given to less
experienced players thus allowing an even game for all participants.
- Head of Table:
position where the opening break of the game
an undetermined amount of time that a player takes
refers to any foul committed by a player.
term for angled portion of the table just before the
- Jawed Ball:
lingo for ball that does not drop but remains
just outside the pocket.
term for device in the middle of the cue in order to
allow for separation into 2 sections.
- Jump Shot:
shot that causes the cue or object ball to rise
off the table.
- Jumped Ball:
jargon for hit ball that has 'jumped off' the
table or another ball.
Billiards Games Terms: P
- Kick Shot:
refers to shot where the ball hits a cushion
before touching the object ball.
refers to the contact between balls.
refers to hit ball that contact 3 cushions before the
for Break: system where each participant shoots a
returning ball and
the closest to the head cushion is the starting player.
position of the balls after a strike has been made
by a player.
Hazard: occurs when the cue ball is pocketed after
contact with an object ball.
methods employed (drawing cards, peas or pills and a
flip of a coin) to establish a starting player.
- Masse: action that
changes the cue ball direction and pockets two balls on a single shot.
established by the lag start and conclusion within
no set time limit.
flawed contact between cue tip and ball.
occurs when a player fails to execute a proper shot.
a shot in carom games that is easy and completed
- Object Ball:
specific shot at a ball outside the cue ball.
- Open Break:
rule that a player needs to strike 4 object
balls towards the cushions.
- Opening Break
Shot: the first shot made by a player in a
Billiards Games Terms: R
- Peas or Pills:
small plastic or wooden balls
numbered 1 through 15/16.
strategy to place the cue ball in order to be
advantageous for the follow-up shot.
when the object ball is pocketed.
- Power Draw
Shot: term for excessive draw applied to cue
- Push Shot:
shot where the contact between the cue and the
cue ball is longer than the time allowed in a legal shot.
the triangular positioning of the object balls in
a rack before a game starts.
Billiards Games Terms: S
term for established amount of games required to win
a match or game sets.
term for area of the table not covered by cloth. Due
to the shape of the table, there are short and long rails.
- Red Ball:
term for red object ball.
jargon for mechanical bridge in snooker.
- Round Robin:
each participant in these tournaments plays
all their opponents once.
term for total of points/counts and consecutive scores
by a player for 1 inning.
Billiards Games Terms: T
strategic positioning by a skillful player to
reduce the opportunities for an opponent to score.
occurs when a point is scored by an unplanned shot
or when the cue ball is pocketed on a stroke.
occurs during tournaments when pairing and
positioning is established.
term for established number of games required to win a
term for contact between cue and ball concluding when
all action on the table has stopped.
- Shot Clock:
timer used to monitor game action.
pocket games using less than 15 object balls.
Elimination: term for a tournament where one loss
will result in elimination.
following a safety shot, the next shot becomes an unfavorable position
for the next player or opponent. This opponent is said 'to be
- Split Double
Elimination: occurs when 2 winning section
players vie for the championship.
- Split Hit:
jargon for a shot that cannot be established
because the object ball is in a group of other balls.
another term for a handicap wherein a player is given
points based on level of play.
- Spot Ball:
white ball that has markings.
- Spot Shot: a
ball shot on foot spot.
Balls: term for subbing specific balls according
to the game rules.
body position during shooting.
- Stop Shot:
jargon for a shot at the intended ball where the
cue ball stops abruptly.
player who is about to make a shot.
Fouls: term for pocket game fouls, one after
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- Table in
Position: occurs when the expected ball does not
move after a shot taken.
- Time Shot:
term for sequence where a cue ball moves others,
yet drives to score from one of the moved balls.
- Top Cushion:
located at the foot of a snooker table.
term for piece of equipment used to position the
ball to begin a game.
- Yellow Ball:
replaces the spot ball in international games.
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