1. Also break shot or break off, as a noun. Typically describes the first shot in most types of billiards games. In carom games it describes the first point attempt, as shot from an unvarying cue ball and object balls placement; in many pocket billiards (pool) games it describes the first shot , which is used to separate the object balls which have been racked together;
2. A series of consecutive pots by a player during a single inning . Most often applied in snooker and English billiards , e.g., "The player had a break of 89 points".(chiefly British; compare US run ). See also Maximum break .