balkline

balkline
noun Date: 1839 1. a line across a billiard table near one end behind which the cue balls are placed in making opening shots 2. a. one of four lines parallel to the cushions of a billiard table dividing it into nine compartments b. a billiards game that sets restrictions in scoring caroms according to these lines

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • balkline — alkline n. 1. line across a billiard table behind which the cue balls are placed at the start of a game. Syn: baulk line, string line. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • balkline — [bôk′līn΄] n. Billiards a line at one end of a table from behind which opening shots with the cue ball are made …   English World dictionary

  • balkline — /bawk luyn /, n. 1. Sports. (in track events) the starting line. 2. Billiards. a. a straight line drawn across the table behind which the cue balls are placed in beginning a game. b. any of four lines, each near to and parallel with one side of… …   Universalium

  • balkline — noun baulk line …   Wiktionary

  • balkline — balk•line [[t]ˈbɔkˌlaɪn[/t]] n. gam a straight line drawn across a billiard table behind which the cue balls are placed in beginning a game • Etymology: 1830–40 …   From formal English to slang

  • balkline — noun line across a billiard table behind which the cue balls are placed at the start of a game • Syn: ↑baulk line, ↑string line • Hypernyms: ↑line …   Useful english dictionary

  • Balkline and straight rail — Balkline (sometimes spelled balk line)Cite journal url=http://eagle.brooklynpubliclibrary.org/Default/Scripting/ArchiveView.asp?BaseHref=BEG/1896/11/24 Page=10 SelectedEntity=Ar01031 skin=BEagle GZ=T title=To Play 14 inch Balk Line author=… …   Wikipedia

  • balkline billiards — ▪ game       group of billiard games played with three balls (red, white, and white with a spot) on a table without pockets, upon which lines are drawn parallel to all cushions and usually either 14 or 18 in (36 or 46 cm) away from them. The… …   Universalium

  • eighteen-one balkline — noun : a carom billiards game in which balklines are 18 inches from the cushions and a player may score only one point when balls are in balk usually written 18.1 balkline; compare eighteen two balkline …   Useful english dictionary

  • eighteen-two balkline — noun : a carom billiards game in which the balklines are 18 inches from the cushions and a player may score two points when the balls are in balk usually written 18.2 balkline; compare eighteen one balkline …   Useful english dictionary

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