snowball


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snow·ball

 (snō′bôl′)
n.
1. A mass of soft, wet snow packed into a ball that can be thrown, as in play.
2. Any of several plants having rounded clusters of white flowers, especially certain cultivated viburnums.
3. Chiefly Southern US A snow cone.
v. snow·balled, snow·ball·ing, snow·balls
v.intr.
1. To grow rapidly in significance, importance, or size: problems that snowballed by the hour.
2. To throw snowballs.
v.tr.
1. To cause to grow or increase rapidly.
2. To throw snowballs at.

snowball

(ˈsnəʊˌbɔːl)
n
1. snow pressed into a ball for throwing, as in play
2. (Brewing) a drink made of advocaat and lemonade
3. (Recreational Drugs) slang a mixture of heroin and cocaine
4. (Dancing) a dance started by one couple who separate and choose different partners. The process continues until all present are dancing
vb
5. (intr) to increase rapidly in size, importance, etc: their woes have snowballed since last year.
6. (tr) to throw snowballs at

snow•ball

(ˈsnoʊˌbɔl)

n.
1. a ball of snow pressed or rolled together, as for throwing.
2. any of several shrubs of the honeysuckle family that bear large clusters of white flowers, esp. the guelder rose.
v.i.
3. to grow or become larger, greater, more intense, etc., at an accelerating rate.
v.t.
4. to throw snowballs at.
5. to cause to grow or increase at an accelerating rate.
[1350–1400]

snowball


Past participle: snowballed
Gerund: snowballing

Imperative
snowball
snowball
Present
I snowball
you snowball
he/she/it snowballs
we snowball
you snowball
they snowball
Preterite
I snowballed
you snowballed
he/she/it snowballed
we snowballed
you snowballed
they snowballed
Present Continuous
I am snowballing
you are snowballing
he/she/it is snowballing
we are snowballing
you are snowballing
they are snowballing
Present Perfect
I have snowballed
you have snowballed
he/she/it has snowballed
we have snowballed
you have snowballed
they have snowballed
Past Continuous
I was snowballing
you were snowballing
he/she/it was snowballing
we were snowballing
you were snowballing
they were snowballing
Past Perfect
I had snowballed
you had snowballed
he/she/it had snowballed
we had snowballed
you had snowballed
they had snowballed
Future
I will snowball
you will snowball
he/she/it will snowball
we will snowball
you will snowball
they will snowball
Future Perfect
I will have snowballed
you will have snowballed
he/she/it will have snowballed
we will have snowballed
you will have snowballed
they will have snowballed
Future Continuous
I will be snowballing
you will be snowballing
he/she/it will be snowballing
we will be snowballing
you will be snowballing
they will be snowballing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been snowballing
you have been snowballing
he/she/it has been snowballing
we have been snowballing
you have been snowballing
they have been snowballing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been snowballing
you will have been snowballing
he/she/it will have been snowballing
we will have been snowballing
you will have been snowballing
they will have been snowballing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been snowballing
you had been snowballing
he/she/it had been snowballing
we had been snowballing
you had been snowballing
they had been snowballing
Conditional
I would snowball
you would snowball
he/she/it would snowball
we would snowball
you would snowball
they would snowball
Past Conditional
I would have snowballed
you would have snowballed
he/she/it would have snowballed
we would have snowballed
you would have snowballed
they would have snowballed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.snowball - plant having heads of fragrant white trumpet-shaped flowerssnowball - plant having heads of fragrant white trumpet-shaped flowers; grows in sandy arid regions
sand verbena - any of various plants of the genus Abronia of western North America and Mexico having flowers resembling verbena
2.snowball - ball of ice cream covered with coconut and usually chocolate sauce
frozen dessert - any of various desserts prepared by freezing
3.snowball - ball of crushed ice with fruit syrup
frozen dessert - any of various desserts prepared by freezing
4.snowball - snow pressed into a ball for throwing (playfully)
ball - a spherical object used as a plaything; "he played with his rubber ball in the bathtub"
snow - a layer of snowflakes (white crystals of frozen water) covering the ground
Verb1.snowball - increase or accumulate at a rapidly accelerating rate
increase - become bigger or greater in amount; "The amount of work increased"
2.snowball - throw snowballs at
bombard, pelt - cast, hurl, or throw repeatedly with some missile; "They pelted each other with snowballs"

snowball

verb
1. To increase or expand suddenly, rapidly, or without control:
Translations
sněhová koule
snebold
lumipallo
snježna gruda
hógolyó
snjóbolti
雪つぶて
눈뭉치
snehová guľa
snežena kepa
snöboll
หิมะก้อนที่ปั้นไว้ขว้างเล่น
kar topukartopu
quả cầu tuyết

snowball

[ˈsnəʊbɔːl]
A. Nbola f de nieve
B. VTlanzar bolas de nieve a
C. VI (fig) → aumentar progresivamente, ir aumentándose

snowball

[ˈsnəʊbɔːl]
nboule f de neige snowball fight
vi
(= grow in scale) [investigation, project] → prendre de l'ampleursnowball fight nbataille f de boules de neigesnow bank ncongère f

snowball

[ˈsnəʊˌbɔːl]
1. npalla di neve
2. vi (fig) (scheme, appeal) → crescere a vista d'occhio

snow

(snəu) noun
frozen water vapour that falls to the ground in soft white flakes. We woke up to find snow on the ground; We were caught in a heavy snow-shower; About 15 centimetres of snow had fallen overnight.
verb
to shower down in, or like, flakes of snow. It's snowing heavily.
ˈsnowy adjective
1. full of, or producing a lot of, snow. The weather has been very snowy recently.
2. white like snow. the old man's snowy (white) hair.
ˈsnowball noun
a ball of snow pressed hard together, especially made by children for throwing, as a game.
ˈsnowboard noun
a board on which a person can stand and glide over snow for sport.
ˈsnow-capped adjective
(of mountains etc) having tops which are covered with snow. snow-capped peaks.
ˈsnowdrift noun
a bank of snow blown together by the wind. There were deep snowdrifts at the side of the road.
ˈsnowfall noun
1. a fall or shower of snow that settles on the ground. There was a heavy snowfall last night.
2. the amount of snow that falls in a certain place. The snowfall last year was much higher than average.
ˈsnowflake noun
one of the soft, light flakes composed of groups of crystals, in which snow falls. A few large snowflakes began to fall from the sky.
ˈsnowstorm noun
a heavy fall of snow especially accompanied by a strong wind.
ˌsnow-ˈwhite adjective
white like snow.
snowed under
overwhelmed eg with a great deal of work. Last week I was absolutely snowed under with work.

snowball

كُرَةُ الْثَلْج sněhová koule snebold Schneeball χιονόμπαλα bola de nieve lumipallo boule de neige snježna gruda palla di neve 雪つぶて 눈뭉치 sneeuwbal snøball śnieżka bola de neve снежок snöboll หิมะก้อนที่ปั้นไว้ขว้างเล่น kar topu quả cầu tuyết 雪球
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I'll toss up a snowball and make him look out, and then say a kind word to him.
He stopped at the foot, and picked up some, and then leaned against the railing, making a snowball.
For, the people who were shovelling away on the housetops were jovial and full of glee; calling out to one another from the parapets, and now and then exchanging a facetious snowball -- better-natured missile far than many a wordy jest -- laughing heartily if it went right and not less heartily if it went wrong.
There is a pile of these arrears very soon, and it swells like a rolling snowball.
He bought more cotton, and more machinery, and more factories with it; employed more men to make wealth for him, and saw his fortune increase like a rolling snowball.
No; the better purposes of their being are to sport, to leap, to run, to shout, to slide upon the ice, to snowball.
Toward the last, as they drew near Washington and the white dome of the Capitol hung aloft before them, looking as simple as a suspended snowball, he found himself, on the deck, in proximity to Mrs.
He had been responsible, he and the great firm of which he was the head, for international finance conducted on the soundest principles, finance which scorned speculation, finance which rolled before it the great snowball of automatically accumulated wealth.
A large frozen moon like a lustrous snowball began to show through the tangle of twigs in front of them, and by its light the narrator had been able to refresh his memory of Captain Keith's text from a scrap of printed paper.
Pegler, he turned this presumption, on the part of a woman in her dependent position, over and over in his mind, until it accumulated with turning like a great snowball.
About us neither had gained a footing; laburnums, pink mays, snowballs, and trees of arbor- vitae, rose out of laurels and hydrangeas, green and brilliant into the sunlight.
They kept up a buzz of babbling voices and low laughter, and sometimes burst into a deep, joyous shout, which the spectators answered with three cheers, while a gang of roguish boys let drive their snowballs right among the pleasure party.