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  1. snowball effectnoun

    An accelerating growth of magnitude, including fame, fortune, importance, or danger.

  2. Etymology: By analogy with the way a snowball collects the more snow in one turn the larger it is, as it rolls down a hillside.

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  1. Snowball effect

    Snowball effect is a figurative term for a process that starts from an initial state of small significance and builds upon itself, becoming larger, and also perhaps potentially dangerous or disastrous, though it might be beneficial instead. This is a very common cliché in cartoons and modern theatrics and it is also used in Psychology. The common analogy is with the rolling of a small ball of snow down a snow-covered hillside. As it rolls the ball will pick up more snow, gaining more mass and surface area, and picking up even more snow and momentum as it rolls along. The startup process of a feedback electronic oscillator, when power to the circuit is switched on, is a technical application of the snowball effect. Electronic noise is amplified by the oscillator circuit and returned to its input on the selected frequency, gradually getting stonger in each cycle, until a steady-state oscillation is established, when the circuit parameters satisfy the Barkhausen stability criterion.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of snowball effect in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of snowball effect in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of snowball effect in a Sentence

  1. 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.

  2. Jules Bernard:

    It may have been a snowball effect.

  3. Preston Grinstead:

    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.

  4. Sofie Karasek:

    The people who are dedicated to changing policy are Know Your, we're recognizing the snowball effect that comes from speaking out.

  5. Marjorie Cohn:

    Setting mini-goals creates a feeling of accomplishment, and when someone feels positive, they tend to make more positive choices. It's the snowball effect.

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