Definition of pay

This is when a ball is spotted because of a foul or a handicap.

24 Random Essential Billiards Terms

To apply chalk to the tip of your cue before a shot.
A shot where the cue ball has no top spin or back spin on it when it impacts an object ball, and "stuns" out along the tangent line. Commonly shortened to just "stun."
Also on the lemon. Disguising the level of one's ability to play.
Used by itself often with "low" and "high": "that's a low-percentage shot for me", "I should really take the high-percentage one".
The angle from which a ball rebounds from a rail, as measured from the perpendicular to the rail.
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.
A misnomer for hand talc.
This a shot that hits the object ball at the nine ball to see if you can get lucky by sinking the nine ball in any pocket. (also see Cheese the Nine and Rolling the Cheese).
A soft joint-like plastic or linen base material. It lets the cue whip, putting more English on the cue ball.
This describes when a player is trapped behind a ball. (n.) - This is also the amount of money a player is down after betting.
This is the raised portion on the side of the table; the cushions are essentially rubber bumpers covered in the table cloth.
In snooker, any of the three colour balls that get spotted on the baulk line: the yellow, green or brown ball.
A tournament format in which a player must lose two matches in order to be eliminated.
In certain carom billiards games, any shot in which the cue ball is sucessfully caromed off an object ball to strike another object ball (with or without contacting cushions in the interim) is a considered a billiards shot.
This is a term to describe 100 break points in a game of snooker.
Any game which uses a rack composed of less than 15 balls.
Also sidespin, side-spin, side. spin placed on the cue ball when hit with the cue tip to the left or right of the ball's center; usually called english in American usage. See english, in its narrower definition, for details on the effects of side spin.
In snooker, the highest-value baulk colour, worth 4 points.
This is the ball that sits in the front, or apex, position in the rack.
This when you receive the first legitimate shot on the next "ball on" after there had been a series of safeties to try and hurt the other players chances. This term is often used in one pocket pool.
A particular shot where the object ball hits or grazes another object ball on the way to its pocket or toward hitting yet another object ball.
One of two sharp, jutting curves of the cushions either side of a pocket at the points where cushion and pocket meet, forming the jaws of the pockets. Also known as a point, a tittie or a horn.
Chiefly British: The cushion on the top rail. Compare foot cushion; contrast bottom cushion.
This describes a shot where you bank the object ball off of a rail and then sink it in a corner pocket.