What does snowball mean?

Definitions for snowball
ˈsnoʊˌbɔlsnow·ball

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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

GCIDE

  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.

Wiktionary

  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.

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

Freebase

  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.

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Numerology

  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. Martha McKittrick:

    Guilt will eventually bring you down. ... It can snowball into a negative conversation in your head. ... You beat yourself up and say,' why did I do that ?' And then you say,' now I might as well eat all of this'... and all of this erodes at your self-esteem.

  2. James Inhofe:

    Do you know what this is? It's a snowball.

  3. Chris Landsberg:

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

  4. Preston Grinstead:

    He's at a tremendous disadvantage, i feel like these are some of the most important years of school because it's the fundamentals and basics … We were worried it would create a snowball effect over the next several years.

  5. Sara Cromer:

    It's also possible that there's the acute inflammation of getting Covid which may be present in low levels, even in asymptomatic or minimally symptomatic cases, that can lead to a short-term insulin resistance, which can maybe snowball or set off a chain of events that leads to more longer-term insulin resistance.

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