snowball Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun plant having heads of fragrant white trumpet-shaped flowers; grows in sandy arid regions
    sweet sand verbena; Abronia elliptica.
  2. noun ball of ice cream covered with coconut and usually chocolate sauce
  3. noun ball of crushed ice with fruit syrup
  4. noun snow pressed into a ball for throwing (playfully)
  5. verb increase or accumulate at a rapidly accelerating rate
  6. verb throw snowballs at


Snow"ball` noun
  1. A round mass of snow pressed or roller together, or anything resembling such a mass.
  2. (Bot.) The Guelder-rose. a snowball's chance in hell, [Colloq.] no chance; an infinitesimal chance.
Snow"ball` transitive verb
imperfect & past participle Snowballed ; present participle & verbal noun Snowballing
  1. To pelt with snowballs; to throw snowballs at.
Snow"ball` intransitive verb
  1. To throw snowballs. 2. To increase in magnitude with accelerating momentum, achieving large proportions; -- by analogy with a snowball rolling down a steep hill, causing a large snow slide.

Webster 1913