Definition of heap

This refers to the cluster of balls remaining in a similar position to where they were within the break.

24 Random Essential Billiards Terms

A shot where the shooter was trying to make the shot but misses. However, the result of the missed shot ends up being a very good defensive play.
In snooker, the colour ball worth 5 points, whose spot is at the center of the table.
On two piece cues, the area of the cue between the joint and the wrap.
Describes a cue ball sliding on the cloth without any top spin or back spin on it.
In eight-ball and related games, describes the situation in which neither player has yet claimed a suit (group) of balls. Often shortened to simply open: "Is it still an open table?" "Yes, it's open."
To allow an opponent to stop playing a set for money in exchange for something. If a player is winning a set by a wide margin, with $100 on the line, the player could say, "I'll let you out now for $75." This is usually meant to save pride.
This is a shot that shows great control and positioning in where the cue will be when all the balls stop rolling.
Chiefly American: The cushion on the head rail. Compare bottom cushion; contrast foot cushion.
Sometimes called spots and stripes, stripes and solids or, more rarely, bigs and littles or highs and lows.
All fifteen numbered balls are used in a conventional triangle rack.
Each player is assigned either the solid balls (1-7) or the striped balls (9-15). The object is to pocket all of your assigned balls and then pocket the 8-ball.
This is a shot where the cue ball follows directly behind the sunk object ball into the pocket right after it falls.
This describes balls that are not able to be made in a pocket, either because they are high up on the table, in a different pocket, or in a cluster that makes the shot difficult. This condition of being out of play obviously exists on different difficulty levels.
This is the way your hand is configured to support the shaft of the cue during a shot.
Also dead ball shot. A shot intended to slow down or "kill" the cue ball's speed as much as possible after contact with an object ball; usually a shot with draw, often combined with inside english. It is often shortened to kill.
This is a simple method of gambling where bets are determined between each game instead of playing matches.
This is to win a game by pocketing enough balls before you opponent.
Any system for banking or kicking balls multiple rails which uses table diamonds as aiming references.
Any shot where the cue ball stops immediately after hitting an object ball. Generally requires a full hit.
One of the alternating turns players (or doubles teams) are allowed at the table, before a shot is played that concedes a visit to his/her opponent (e.g. "he ran out in one visit"). Usually synonymous with inning as applied to a single player/team, except in scotch doubles format.
This is a player who has the ability to make difficult shots in one pocket, because they are likely proficient at other pool games first.
This is a timing device for monitoring and restricting shot times for a player.
The triangular device, generally plastic, used to group the balls in a pyramid form prior to the beginning of a game.
Same as gutter table. A table with a ball return system, as opposed to a drop pocket table.
Describing a difficult pot: "the awkward cueing makes this shot missable."
This is another name for One Pocket pool.