Billiards Bil"liards, n. [F. billiard billiards, OF. billart staff, cue form playing, fr. bille log. See {Billet} a stick.] A game played with ivory balls o a cloth-covered, rectangular table, bounded by elastic cushions. The player seeks to impel his ball with his cue so that it shall either strike (carom upon) two other balls, or drive another ball into one of the pockets with which the table sometimes is furnished. [1913 Webster]

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