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Princeton's WordNet

  1. snowball, sweet sand verbena, Abronia ellipticanoun

    plant having heads of fragrant white trumpet-shaped flowers; grows in sandy arid regions

  2. snowballnoun

    ball of ice cream covered with coconut and usually chocolate sauce

  3. snowballnoun

    ball of crushed ice with fruit syrup

  4. snowballverb

    snow pressed into a ball for throwing (playfully)

  5. snowballverb

    increase or accumulate at a rapidly accelerating rate

  6. snowballverb

    throw snowballs at


  1. Snowballnoun

    (Bot.) a shrub of the genus Viburnum, having large clusters of white flowers.

  2. Snowballverb

    To increase in magnitude at an accelerating rate, achieving large proportions; -- by analogy with a snowball rolling down a steep hill, causing a large snow slide.


  1. snowballnoun

    A ball of snow, usually one made in the hand and thrown for amusement in a snowball fight; also a larger ball of snow made by rolling a snowball around in snow that sticks to it and increases its diameter.

  2. snowballnoun

    A cocktail made from lemonade and advocaat.

  3. snowballnoun

    Something that snowballs (grows rapidly out of control).

  4. snowballnoun

    A sex act involving passing ejaculated semen from one person's mouth to another's.

  5. snowballverb

    To rapidly grow out of proportion or control.

    The high unemployment rates quickly snowballed into a major budget problem for the government.

  6. snowballverb

    To play at throwing snowballs.

  7. snowballverb

    (sexual slang) To receive a man's ejaculate in one's mouth, and then to pass it back and forth between one's mouth and his.

  8. Etymology: From snowball, snawball, equivalent to.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Snowballnoun

    A round lump of congelated snow.

    Etymology: snow and ball.

    They passed to the east-riding of Yorkshire, their company daily increasing, like a snowball in rolling. John Hayward.

    His bulky folly gathers as it goes,
    And, rolling o’er you, like a snowball grows. Dryden.

    A snowball having the power to produce in us the ideas of white, cold, and round, the powers, as they are in the snowball, I call qualities; and as they are sensations in our understandings, ideas. John Locke.


  1. Snowball

    A snowball is a spherical object made from snow, usually created by scooping snow with the hands, and pressing the snow together to compact it into a ball. Snowballs are often used in games such as snowball fights. A snowball may also be a large ball of snow formed by rolling a smaller snowball on a snow-covered surface. The smaller snowball grows by picking up additional snow as it rolls. The terms "snowball effect" and "snowballing" are derived from this process. The Welsh dance "Y Gasseg Eira" also takes its name from an analogy with rolling a large snowball. This method of forming a large snowball is often used to create the sections needed to build a snowman. The underlying physical process that makes snowballs possible is sintering, in which a solid mass is compacted while near the melting point. Scientific theories about snowball formation began with a lecture by Michael Faraday in 1842, examining the attractive forces between ice particles. An influential early explanation by James Thomson invoked regelation, in which a solid is melted by pressure and then re-frozen.


  1. snowball

    A snowball is a spherical object made from snow, usually created by compacting snow with the hands, and is often used in snowball fights or for decoration. The term "snowball" can also refer to a process that starts from an initial state of small significance and builds upon itself, becoming larger and more serious. This can apply in various contexts such as finance, research, communication and more.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Snowballnoun

    a round mass of snow pressed or roller together, or anything resembling such a mass

  2. Snowballnoun

    the Guelder-rose

  3. Snowballverb

    to pelt with snowballs; to throw snowballs at

  4. Snowballverb

    to throw snowballs


  1. Snowball

    A snowball is a spherical object made from snow, usually created by scooping snow with the hands, and compacting it into a roughly fist-sized ball. The snowball is often used to engage in games, such as snowball fights. Snowball fights are usually light-hearted and involve throwing snowballs at one's friends or family. The pressure exerted by the hands on the snow is a determinant for the final result. Reduced pressure leads to a light and soft snowball. Compacting humid or "packy" snow, by applying a high pressure produces a harder snowball or iceball, which eventually can be considered harmful during a snowball fight. A snowball may also be a large ball of snow formed by rolling a smaller snowball on a snow-covered surface. The smaller snowball grows by picking up additional snow as it rolls. The terms "snowball effect", "snowballing" and "Y Gasseg Eira" are named after this process. Often a snowman can be created using this method of snowballing, to create the sections needed to build the sculpture. There are some temperature/humidity ranges that prohibit or restrict the formulation of a snowball. With a powdery snow, snowballs are difficult to form. In temperatures below 0 °C, there is little free water in the snow, which leads to crumbly snowballs. At 0 °C or above, melted water in the snow results in a better cohesion. If you're walking on snow and it squeaks, chances are the temperature/humidity level won't form a snowball, because squeaking means that the snow is dry.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Snowball is ranked #38214 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Snowball surname appeared 580 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Snowball.

    62.9% or 365 total occurrences were White.
    20.1% or 117 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    6.2% or 36 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    5.1% or 30 total occurrences were Black.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of snowball in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of snowball in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of snowball in a Sentence

  1. Chris Landsberg:

    I think this thing is going to snowball throughout South Africa.

  2. Milo Barham:

    The melting of ice sheets after Snowball Earth caused a dramatic rise in sea level, ultimately flooding the continents, driving a remarkable retreat of shorelines and the development of clearer ocean water, researchers have long been aware that the timing of Snowball Earth and the development of more complex life seem to have coincided, but no one has really thought about how the oceans being starved of sediment might have helped ancient organisms thrive in the oceans.

  3. Fadel Zeidan:

    Our medication society is set up to just give somebody pain pills and now we’re seeing problems with that, doctors are getting more stringent so individuals are going to the street for drugs that make them feel better and are cheaper. It’s a snowball effect.

  4. John Philip Sousa IV:

    Kasich, I don't think he's got a snowball's chance in hell, good guy, great governor for Ohio.

  5. Esther Joy King:

    We’re just building on everything we accomplished in 2020. We came within inches of victory, our effort is a snowball rolling down the hill and we’re growing on a day by day basis.

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