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Bi'lliards. n.s. without a singular. [billard, Fr. of which that language has no etymology; and therefore they probably derived from England both the play and the name; which is corrupted from balyards; yards or sticks with which a ball is driven along a table. Thus Spenser:
                    Balyards much unfit,
And shuttlecocks misseeming manly wit.
Hubb. Tale.]

A game at which a ball is forced against another on a table.

Let it alone; let's to billiards. Shakesp. Antony and Cleop.

Even nose and cheek, withal,
Smooth as is the billiard ball.
Ben. Johnson's Underwoods.

Some are forced to bound or fly upwards, almost like ivory balls meeting on a billiard table. Boyle.

When the ball obeys the stroke of a billiard stick, it is not any action of the ball, but bare passion. Locke.

Sources: Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra (57) · Boyle, Robert (84) · Jonson, Ben (70) · Locke, John (269) · Spenser, Edmund (254)

Attributes: French (385) · Noun Substantive (1269)

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