Definition of protect

This is the act of keeping your ball location advantages the way they are, and not allowing your opponent to even things out in the game of one pocket.

24 Random Essential Billiards Terms

This is a shot on the cue ball that will push through to a frozen ball on the cue ball. If the contact is made on the object ball while the cue stick is still contacting, essentially pushing the second ball, then it is usually considered a foul.
A player who was not shooting well during a match but suddenly turns it around and starts playing better and more accurately. Also known as "Finding a stroke" or "Found their stroke".
Also piquet. Either a massé shot with no english, or a shot in which the cue stick is steeply angled, but not held quite as vertical as it is in full massé.
A Carom game with lines drawn to form rectangles that restrict play and reduce the potential for high runs.
A game of pool played on a table shaped like a rectangle, with or without pockets.
Chiefly British: The rail at the Top of the table. Compare foot rail; contrast Bottom rail.
In snooker, the second-highest value colour ball, being worth six points.
The angle from which a ball rebounds from a rail, as measured from the perpendicular to the rail.
This is a handicapping method where one player gets the break, and is allowed to choose any ball afterwards to put in their pocket.
This is when, after playing an opponent for a while you both break even as far as money exchange, and the only person to get paid is the house for use of their table.
The ACS Canadian affiliate organization, the Canadian Cue Sport Association.
Same as solids, in New Zealand. Compare little, small, reds, low, spots, dots; contrast overs.
Describing a situation where a pot is made more difficult, either by a pocket being partially blocked by another ball so that not all of it is available, or the cue ball path to the object ball's potting angle involves going past another ball very closely.
When the contact between the cue ball and object ball is dead center.
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.
A foul where the rules are blatantly, intentionally violated, with a stiffer penalty (e.g., loss of game) than normal.
A shot in which the cue ball is driven first to one or more rails, then hits an object ball and kisses back to the last rail contacted. It is a common shot in carom games, but can be applied to such an instance in any relevant cue sport.
This term is much like rain table and refers to a table is playing soggy due to humid conditions.
This is a bank shot that goes off of the head rail and then straight to the pocket at the other end of the table.
Chiefly American: The cushion on the head rail. Compare bottom cushion; contrast foot cushion.
This is another name for One Pocket pool.
To intentionally miss a shot (that results in a foul) in order to create a position for the cue ball that makes it hard for the other player to execute their shot. Not to be confused with a "Safety", since a safety is a legal hit.
When the cue ball contacts three or more cushions in carom games.
To play a shot using a more difficult application of stroke and speed to achieve a certain desired position for the next shot, even at the expense of or sharply increasing the likelihood of a miss.