As in many other sports, "legal" means not causing or likely to cause a foul (the opposite being illegal ). A legal hit is one in which the requirements for a non- foul hit are met (e.g., in nine-ball , the lowest-numbered ball on the table was hit by the cue ball first, and at least one object ball was pocketed, or any ball reached a cushion , after the hit on the first object ball .). A legal shot is one in which no foul of any kind was involved (e.g. there was not a double hit by the cue , the player's bridge hand did not move a ball, etc.). A legal stroke is one in which the cue stroke obeyed the rules (e.g. the shooter did not perform an illegal jump shot by scooping under the cue ball with the cue tip ). A legal ball is a ball-on, an object ball at which it is permissible for the player to shoot. And so on. The term can be used in many ways consistent with these examples ("legal pocket " in one-pocket , "legal equipment" under tournament specifications, etc.).