Definition of fault

24 Random Essential Billiards Terms

To intentionally rebound the cue ball off both of the pocket points to achieve position.
When a successful non penalized break is achieved which gives the object balls a broad spread on the table.
Chiefly American: The cushion on the head rail. Compare bottom cushion; contrast foot cushion.
In snooker and British pool, the successful potting of all object balls-on in a single frame.
Chiefly British: Short for side spin. In Canadian usage, the term is sometimes used as a verb, "to side".
In snooker, to leave the cue ball ball on the spot of a colour ball after potting it. This is usually performed where re-spotting of the colour ball would cause positional problems for the player, such as blocking available pots on one or more red balls.
When the rules of the opening break are broken. Ex: If not enough balls contact with rails off the break.
This is a shot where the cue ball contacts an object ball and moves it along a path, but because the cue ball is still in motion it re-contacts the object ball and pushes it in the pocket after it stops.
The angle at which a ball approaches a rail, as measured from the perpendicular to the rail.
Same as mechanical bridge; so-called because of its typical shape.
Chiefly British. This is a shot in a snooker game where the first object ball hit contacts another object ball and the second one is pocketed. If both of the balls are red, or if the second ball would be on if the first ball had not been deemed free then it is an allowed shot.
Also double-century break. In English billiards, a break of 200-299 points (i.e. double a century). Larger multi-centuries are regularly achieved. Rare in amateur play, triple centuries are routine, and quadruples not uncommon at World Professional Billiards Championships; 2007 winner Mike Russell shot four triples in the final round alone, while of sixteen competitors, three shot quadruple centuries (one once, one twice, and Russell three times). Quintuple centuries are rare even at the professional level, with only the 494 shot by nine-time World Champion Russell (who has more such titles than any other player in history as of 2007) coming close in that event. World Champion Geet Sethi holds the world record, at a duodectuple century (and then some) of 1276 consecutive points."
Confederation Panamerica of Billiards
A misnomer for hand talc.
This term is much like rain table and refers to a table is playing soggy due to humid conditions.
This is when a mistake is made in the shot and the resulting contact between balls forces you to miss the 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."
In a tournament, to place high enough to receive a payout. E.g., in a tournament that pays from 1st down to 5th places, to be at least 5th place is to be in the money.
Chiefly British: The cushion on the top rail. Compare foot cushion; contrast bottom cushion.
A player who was playing very well but suddenly starts playing badly. e.g. "He was making everything on every shot, then lost his stroke and couldn't hit anything, costing him the match."
An illegal shot (foul) in which the cue stick's tip contacts the cue ball twice during a single stroke. Double hits often occur when a player shoots the cue ball when it is very close to an object ball or cushion, because it is difficult to move the cue stick away quickly enough after the cue ball rebounds from the cushion or object ball.
British: Same as cling, and kick.
This is a table that offers poor conditions for play; it is either dirty, wet, or overall poor quality.
This is a special shaped leather or plastic bottle that is used on the table during play in special pocket games.