Definition of match

The overall competition between two players, two pairs of players or two teams of players, usually consisting of a predetermined number of frames or games (sometimes organized into rounds).

24 Random Essential Billiards Terms

This is playing to a higher winning score than eight in the game of one pocket.
Describes a cue ball sliding on the cloth without any top spin or back spin on it.
Also topspin, top-spin, top. Same as follow. Contrast bottom spin, back spin.
In pool, the degree to which racked balls move apart upon impact by the cue ball as a result of a break shot.
In snooker, a shot sending the cue ball into the pack of red balls and separating them (after potting the ball-on). At least one split is usually necessary in each frame, since the original triangle of reds does not allow any balls to be potted reliably.
The surface of the table used for play (often made with slate).
A common aiming method in which a phantom ball is imagined frozen to the object ball at the point where an imaginary line drawn between their centers is aimed at the desired target; the cue ball may then be shot at the center of the "ghost" ball and, ideally, impact the object ball at the proper aiming contact point. The ghost ball method of aiming results in misses where adjustment is not made for collision induced throw.
This term refers to a low percentage one pocket shot.
A pocket; usually used in disgust when describing a scratch (e.g., "the cue ball's gone down the sewer").
National Amateur Pool League.
A Carom game with lines drawn to form rectangles that restrict play and reduce the potential for high runs.
Balls remain unmoved after a player's shot.
Same as solids, in New Zealand. Compare little, small, reds, low, spots, dots; contrast overs.
The pocket chosen to house the selected ball in your called shot.
When two or more object balls are frozen or nearly frozen, such that cue-ball contact with one object ball, without the necessity of great accuracy, will almost certainly pocket an intended object ball in the cluster. The most common form of dead arrangements are the dead combination or dead combo (a combination shot in which contact with the first object ball will pocket another one), and the dead kiss, in which contact with the first object ball will pocket it off of another one. See also wired.
To intentionally rebound the cue ball off both of the pocket points to achieve position.
This describes a shot in carom games where the cue ball is driven all the way across the long rail, crossing the table, to score a point.
Same as suit, predominantly in British terminology, i.e., in eight-ball either of the set of seven balls (reds or yellows) that must be cleared before potting the black. Generally used in the generic, especially in rulesets or articles, rather than colloquially by players.
The full fifteen ball set of pool or snooker object balls after being racked, before the break shot (i.e., same as rack, definition 2, and triangle, defn. 2). Chiefly British today, but also an American usage ca. World War I.
This is to watch a match with such intensity that there is worry, usually because of a wager on the game.
Artistic pool is a trick shot competition, inspired by the related discipline of artistic billiards.
A break shot in which the rack (pack) is disturbed as little as possible within the bounds of a legal shot, in order to force the opponent to have to break it up further. A soft break is desirable in some games, such as straight pool, in which breaking is a disadvantage; and forbidden by the open break rules of other games such as nine-ball and eight-ball.
Any standard pool cue used to shoot the majority of shots in a match.
This is an attempt where one player answers the other players successful shot or run with a successful shot or run.
A pejorative term for an improper rack in which the balls are not properly in contact with their neighbors, often resulting in a poor spread on the break.