Definition of position

The placement of the balls, especially the cue ball, relative to the next planned shot. Also known as shape.

24 Random Essential Billiards Terms

Slang for the cue ball.
An unintentional and often barely perceptible curve imparted to the path of the cue ball from the use of english without a level cue. Not to be confused with a swerve shot.
(Chiefly British) Said of an object ball that can easily be reached by the cue ball, or of a pocket that can easily be reached by a selected object ball, usually directly (i.e. without intervening kick, bank, carom, kiss or combination shots).
Short for left english (side), i.e. spin imparted to the cue ball by stroking it to the lefthand side of its vertical axis. Contrast right.
Successive games won without the opponent getting to the table; a five-pack would be a package of five games.
The act of setting up the balls for a break shot. In tournament play this will be done by the referee, but in lower-level play, players either rack for themselves or for each other depending on convention.
This describes a shot where you bank the object ball off of a rail and then sink it in a side pocket.
Same as center spot.
The deciding match between two tied opponents. Compare hill, hill.
To create contact with the cue ball or an object 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.
Any system for banking or kicking balls multiple rails which uses table diamonds as aiming references.
This is a shot that attempts to move a number of balls onto your side of the table in a kind of herding attempt.
This refers to the cluster of balls remaining in a similar position to where they were within the break.
In snooker and British pool, the successful potting of all object balls-on in a single frame.
Refers to a person gambling when he has no money. As in, "That jerk can't pay up, he was shooting air barrels the whole time".
Making all of the required shots in a game (rack) without the opponent ever getting to the table or getting back to the table.
Random method for pairing of opponents when setting up a bracket system for a tournament.
Also (chiefly British) shot programme. The enumerated trick shots that must be performed in the fields of artistic billiards (70 pre-determined shots) and artistic pool (56 tricks in 8 "disciplines").
English Amateur Billiards Association. The EABA is the governing body of amateur billiards in England, and as such is responsible for organizing various tournaments and events.
Also string off. Chiefly British; Obsolete: Same as string or lag.
Chiefly American: The short rail at the head of the table. Traditionally this is the rail on which the table manufacturer's logo appears. Compare bottom rail, baulk rail; contrast foot rail.
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.
Describes the propensity of pockets to more easily accept an imperfectly aimed ball shot at a relatively soft speed, that might not fall if shot with more velocity ("that ball normally wouldn't fall but he hit it at pocket speed"). The less sensitive to shot-speed that a pocket is, the "faster" it is said to be.
Describes the velocity of an object ball shot with just enough speed to reach the intended pocket and drop. "Shoot this with pocket speed only, so you don't send the cue ball too far up-table."