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snowball

snow·ball

snowball

pronunciation:
sno bawl
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb, intransitive verb
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a mass of snow that has been packed together into a ball for throwing in children's play or games.
definition 2: any of a number of shrubs or plants that have large clusters of white flowers.
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: snowballed, snowballing, snowballs
definition: to pelt with snowballs.
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to grow in size, importance, or intensity at a rapidly increasing rate.
The crime problem has snowballed.
similar words:
boom, mushroom