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snowball

noun snow·ball \ ˈsnō-ˌbȯl \
|Updated on: 19 Jun 2018

Definition of snowball

1 a : a round mass of snow pressed or rolled together
b : snow cone
2 : any of several cultivated shrubby viburnums (genus Viburnum) with clusters of white sterile flowers called also snowball bush

Examples of snowball in a Sentence

  1. This snow is perfect for making snowballs.

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First Known Use of snowball

15th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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snowball

verb

Definition of snowball

snowballed; snowballing; snowballs
1 : to engage in throwing snowballs
2 : to increase, accumulate, expand, or multiply at a rapidly accelerating rate
1 : to throw snowballs at
2 : to cause to increase or multiply at a rapidly accelerating rate

Examples of snowball in a Sentence

  1. Problems snowball when early trouble signs are ignored.

  2. What started as a small annual concert has snowballed into a full-fledged music festival.

  3. consumers dealing with snowballing debt

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First Known Use of snowball

1843

in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

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SNOWBALL Defined for English Language Learners

snowball

Definition of snowball for English Language Learners

  • : a ball of snow that someone makes usually for throwing


snowball

Definition of snowball for English Language Learners

  • : to increase, grow, etc., at a faster and faster rate


SNOWBALL Defined for Kids

snowball

noun snow·ball \ ˈsnō-ˌbȯl \

Definition of snowball for Students

: a round mass of snow pressed or rolled together


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