Definition of cpb

Confederation Panamerica of Billiards

24 Random Essential Billiards Terms

This is the point on the object ball where the cue exactly impacts or the point at which two balls touch when they impact.
Chiefly American: The half of the table from which the break shot is taken. This usage is conceptually opposite that in British English, where this end of the table is called the bottom. Contrast foot. See also kitchen.
An area defined on a billiard table, in games such as pool, snooker, English billiards and bagatelle, by a single balkline (drawn or imaginary) that runs across the table near the head (bottom) end; exactly where depends upon table type and size. This balk is where the cue ball is placed in lagging for lead, for making the opening break shot, and sometimes for other purposes, depending upon the game.
When the cue ball contacts three or more cushions in carom games.
Chiefly American: The short rail at the foot of the table. Frequently used imprecisely, to mean foot cushion. Compare top rail; contrast head rail.
This refers to the cluster of balls remaining in a similar position to where they were within the break.
Also littles, little ones, little balls. In eight-ball, to be shooting the solid suit (group) of balls (1 through 7); "you're little, remember", "you're the little balls" or "I've got the littles". Compare small, solids, reds, low, spots, dots, unders; contrast big.
White talcum powder placed on a player's bridge hand to reduce moisture so that a cue's shaft can slide more easily. It is not provided in many establishments as many recreational players will use far more than is necessary and transfer it all over the table's surface. Venues that do provide it usually do so in the form of compress cones about 6-inches tall. Some serious players bring their own, in a bottle or a porous bag that can be patted on the bridge hand. Many players prefer a pool glove. Talc is frequently mistakenly referred to as "hand chalk", despite not being made of chalk.
This is a ball that is positioned near your pocket that can be used to kiss off of when sinking another object ball.
A Baulk line is line drawn across the table 29 inches from the bottom cushion and parallel to that cushion.
Same as position. "She got good shape for the next shot". See also position play, leave.
A shot, especially common in straight pool and in some variants of blackball (but not WEPF/EPA rules), in which a player intentionally commits a foul with the object in mind of either leaving the opponent with little chance of running out or simply to avoid shooting where no good shot is presented and to do anything else would give the opponent an advantage. It is often referred to in straight pool as a "back scratch."
Linen made from flax and produced in Ireland which is often used to wrap the gripping area of the butt of a cue.
When the object ball banked of a rail goes directly in a pocket without kissing or touching any other object balls.
This is an instance when the person not taking their turn interferes with the game play, this is recorded as a foul.
A joint type in which the butt and shaft screw together in a tight lock, resulting in a better shot with more hitting power.
A break shot in which the object is to leave the incoming player with no shot or a very difficult shot, such as is normally employed in the opening break of straight pool. Cf. open break.
This is a ball that is left in a position that allows an easy shot, while time is spent working with other balls to better your position in the game.
A highly skilled hustler making money gambling while traveling. Fast Eddie Felson in The Hustler was a road player. One of the most notorious real-life road players is Keith McCready.
Same as follow (top spin).
Any system for banking or kicking balls multiple rails which uses table diamonds as aiming references.
On two piece cues, the area of the cue between the joint and the wrap.
When a player is on the receiving end of a devastating safety where it is very difficult or near impossible to make a legal hit on an object ball.
Either of the two shorter rails on a standard pool, billiards or snooker table. Contrast side rail/long rail.