Definition of half century

In snooker and other British usages, a break of 50-99 points (100 points or more being called a century), which involves potting at least 12 consecutive balls (i.e. the last 3 reds with at least 2 blacks and a pink, followed by all the colours).

24 Random Essential Billiards Terms

Describing a shot which requires one or more balls to be played off several cushions, such as an elaborate escape or a positional shot; "he'll have to send the cue ball round the angles to get good position."
In a tournament, to place high enough to receive a payout. E.g., in a tournament that pays from 1st down to 5th places, to be at least 5th place is to be in the money.
A set of paired balls in the game of cribbage pool that have a number value which combined equal 15. For example, the 8 ball and the 7 ball added together equal 15 and thus constitute one cribbage if pocketed in succession.
This is the raised portion on the side of the table; the cushions are essentially rubber bumpers covered in the table cloth.
This piece of armament keeps the butt of your cue safe from coincidental contact with the floor or other damaging incidents. It is usually made of a rubber composite or other durable or flexible material to absorb impact in the case of a collision.
This is a ball that is positioned near your pocket that can be used to kiss off of when sinking another object ball.
Chiefly Australian: Same as a force follow shot.
This refers to how a player is playing on a particular occasion (a player's skill level). If their game is good, then they are at a high speed, but if they are not playing up to their potential, then they are playing at a lower speed.
To shoot without taking enough warm-up strokes to properly aim and feel out the stroke and speed to be applied. One-stroking is a common symptom of nervousness and a source of missed shots and failed position.
A shot in which if the target is missed, the opponent is safe or will not have a desirable shot;
A shot in which there are two ways to score;
A shot in which a second ball is targeted to be pocketed, broken out of a cluster, repositioned or some other secondary goal is also intended.
A well calculated successful slop shot that is usually hit a little harder than it should be and results in a pocketed ball or two without any fouls.
Either of the two shorter rails on a standard pool, billiards or snooker table. Contrast side rail/long rail.
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.
Technique using different wood inlays to create picture designs on the butt of the cue.
The angle at which a ball approaches a rail, as measured from the perpendicular to the rail.
In snooker and British pool, the successful potting of all object balls-on in a single frame.
Chiefly American: The cushion on the foot rail. Compare top cushion; contrast head cushion.
A ball positioned near a pocket so that a particularly positioned object ball shot at that pocket will likely go in off it, even if aimed so imperfectly that if the warrior was absent, the shot would likely result in a miss. Usually arises when a ball is being banked to a pocket.
This term is much like rain table and refers to a table is playing soggy due to humid conditions.
A Carom game with lines drawn to form rectangles that restrict play and reduce the potential for high runs.
Chiefly British: The rail at the Top of the table. Compare foot rail; contrast Bottom rail.
When the cue ball is tucked behind the corner of a pocket, therefore not allowing a direct shot at the object ball.
A joint type which makes it possible to screw and unscrew the butt and shaft very quickly; faster than standard threads.
Slang for a mechanical bridge.