snowball

Definitions

  • SNOWBALLING
    SNOWBALLING
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v snowball increase or accumulate at a rapidly accelerating rate
    • v snowball throw snowballs at
    • n snowball snow pressed into a ball for throwing (playfully)
    • n snowball ball of crushed ice with fruit syrup
    • n snowball ball of ice cream covered with coconut and usually chocolate sauce
    • n snowball plant having heads of fragrant white trumpet-shaped flowers; grows in sandy arid regions
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Snowball A round mass of snow pressed or roller together, or anything resembling such a mass.
    • Snowball (Bot) a shrub of the genus Viburnum, having large clusters of white flowers.
    • Snowball (Bot) The Guelder-rose.
    • Snowball To increase in magnitude at an accelerating rate, achieving large proportions; -- by analogy with a snowball rolling down a steep hill, causing a large snow slide.
    • v. t Snowball To pelt with snowballs; to throw snowballs at.
    • Snowball To throw snowballs.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n snowball A ball of snow; a round mass of snow pressed or rolled together.
    • n snowball The cultivated form of the shrub Viburnum Opulus; the guelder-rose. The name is from its large white balls of flowers, which in cultivation have become sterile and consist merely of an enlarged corolla. See cranberry-tree, and cut under neutral.
    • n snowball In cookery:
    • n snowball A pudding made by putting rice which has been swelled in milk round a pared and cored apple, tying up in a cloth, and boiling well.
    • n snowball White of egg beaten stiff and put in spoonfuls to float on the top of custard.
    • n snowball Rice boiled, pressed into shape in a cup, and variously served.
    • snowball To pelt with snowballs.
    • snowball To throw snowballs.
    • n snowball A delicate pudding steamed in a mold, then rolled in powdered sugar, and served with wine sauce.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Snowball a ball made of snow pressed hard together: a shrub bearing a round white flower, the guelder-rose: a round pudding of rice with an apple in the centre, a mass of boiled rice shaped in a cup: white of egg beaten stiff and placed on the surface of a custard
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Quotations

  • Doug Larson
    Doug Larson
    “The aging process has you firmly in its grasp if you never get the urge to throw a snowball.”

Idioms

Not a snowball's chance in hell - There is absolutely no possibility of something hapening if there's not a snowball's chance in hell.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. snáw; Ger. schnee, L. nix, nivis.

Usage

In literature:

Margaret fancied she looked like a big snowball with a human head.
"Fair Margaret" by Francis Marion Crawford
Popular opinion, disappointed in the fire having been put out, snowballed the beadle.
"The Letters of Charles Dickens" by Charles Dickens
As probably as not Neptune will be throwing snowballs in all directions.
"The Opened Shutters" by Clara Louise Burnham
Then a bugle belonging to one of the students sounded out, and the great snowball battle began.
"Dave Porter and His Rivals" by Edward Stratemeyer
Of course as soon as there is a little crowd that attracts more, and so the snowball grows.
"The Convert" by Elizabeth Robins
You've sent those snowballs up to within ten or fifteen feet of where the frames are located.
"The Rover Boys at Big Horn Ranch" by Edward Stratemeyer
Jim made a pretense of scooping a handful out of the air and shaping it like a snowball.
"Jim Spurling, Fisherman" by Albert Walter Tolman
He won't have to eat snowballs this winter.
"Baseball Joe Around the World" by Lester Chadwick
Will our destiny be like the snowball, accumulating as it rolls till it becomes immovable in its immensity?
"The Sequel" by George A. Taylor
If a man has money to start with, he can add to it as easily as you can roll up a snowball.
"McClure's Magazine, Vol 31, No 2, June 1908" by Various
You'll see something that looks like a flock of snowballs, rather large ones.
"The Young Alaskans in the Rockies" by Emerson Hough
The varieties he uses are Henderson's Snowball, Early Erfurt, Stadtholder and Lenormand.
"The Cauliflower" by A. A. Crozier
Her father flung a snowball at the window.
"Otherwise Phyllis" by Meredith Nicholson
And that, at the moment, seemed far less likely than the well-known snowball in Hades.
"The Great Gray Plague" by Raymond F. Jones
The spirit of chivalry did not thrive in the day of snowballs.
"'Lizbeth of the Dale" by Marian Keith
As he passed the school, the children came storming out to their afternoon recess, pelting each other with snowballs.
"The End of the Rainbow" by Marian Keith
Johnnie Green liked that kind of snow because it made the best snowballs.
"The Tale of Jolly Robin" by Arthur Scott Bailey
And I've got into more scrapes for telling the truth than for any other thing I've done, except being kind to the little Snowballs.
"The Brass Bound Box" by Evelyn Raymond
Robert learned that a boy had hurled a snowball at him.
"Daughters of the Revolution and Their Times" by Charles Carleton Coffin
Snowball was frozen into an attitude of horror at the unexpected apparition.
"Modern Americans" by Chester Sanford
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In poetry:

His name, you know, is Washington
Neb-u-chad-nez-zar Solomon
Sambo Snowball Timothy Jack
Adolphus Rule Britannia Black.
"Little People: An Alphabet" by Thomas William Hodgson Crosland
Her stealthy paws tread the very hall
Where Snowball used to play,
But she only spits at the dogs our pet
So gallantly drove away.
"A Lament For S. B. Pat Paw" by Louisa May Alcott
The Moon’s a snowball. See the drifts
Of white that cross the sphere.
The Moon’s a snowball, melted down
A dozen times a year.
"What The Snow Man Said" by Vachel Lindsay
Come snow! where fly, by some strange law,
Hard snowballs--without noise--
Through streets untenanted, except
By good unconscious boys.
"The Oneness Of The Philosopher With Nature" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
Poor little Sarah had never seen the snow;
She knew it was beautiful white, some children told her so;
And in December, when the snow began to fall,
She would go to the door and make a snowball.
"The Blind Girl" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Snowball fight turns ugly.
Instead, these Washington-based warriors have come armed with, well snowballs .
One local reporter was pelted by snowballs throughout his broadcast.
Brayden Berg and Jonathon Beltz attack Abbey Berg with snowballs during a snowball fight Sunday in West Fargo.
The numerical climate models predicted it ( snowball earth and GW).
Peninsula SPCA Introduces Snowball .
Snowball Fight Injury WOWT Blog Listing.
Snowball fights come with a certain amount of danger and usually end with someone getting hit in the head.
Coaldale youth ignore the unusual snowfall as they throw snowballs at each other.
Recent news and coverage of Snowball Fight.
It was a night when we showed, as a community, why we deserve the Golden Snowball .
Have kids take turns trying to toss " snowballs " (pingpong balls) through the wreath.
Have kids see who can get the most snowballs through the wreath from farthest away, blindfolded, or throwing the balls over their shoulder backward.
In honor of the Snowpocalypse today, Jose had to eat one of the morning show's homemade yellow snowballs in 30 seconds GROSS.
Jose Eats a Yellow Snowball .
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In science:

On snowball sampling, random mappings and related problems, J.
A new random mapping model
Berg, S. (1983) Random contact processes, snowball sampling and factorial series distributions, J.
A new random mapping model
Hirschi et al. 2005). 3 An illustration is offered by the “Cambrian explosion”, with a myriad of complex life forms appearing less than ∼40 Myr after the last “snowball Earth” (which presumably occured in the Neoproterozoic era, 750 Myr ago).
On the "Galactic Habitable Zone"
Ishiwatari, M., Naka jima, K., Takehiro, S. & Hayashi, Y.-Y. 2007 Dependence of climate states of gray atmosphere on solar constant: From the runaway greenhouse to the snowball states. J.
The Runaway Greenhouse: implications for future climate change, geoengineering and planetary atmospheres
Peebles351 suggested frozen HI snowballs as dark matter candidates, a possibility never really ruled out (see, e.g., Wright et al.505 ).
From Messier to Abell: 200 years of science with galaxy clusters
Aside from the obvious question of how do these snowballs get made, it is possible to show that their existence today requires them to be so large as to be gravitationally bound63 .
TASI Lectures on Dark Matter
Given that the average velocity of a snowball is v ∼ 250 kms−1 , corresponding to a kinetic energy Ek ∼ 600 eV, snowballs must be collisionless in order to survive.
TASI Lectures on Dark Matter
However, collisionless snowballs also require that their formation occur when the overall density ρ = ρH .
TASI Lectures on Dark Matter
In this case, snowballs could not have formed later than a redshift (1 + z ) = 3.5 or when the microwave background temperature was 9.5K.
TASI Lectures on Dark Matter
At this temperature, there is no equilibrium between the gaseous and condensed state and the snowballs would sublimate.
TASI Lectures on Dark Matter
For a snowball to survive, rs > 1016 cm is required making this no longer an electrostatically bound ob ject.
TASI Lectures on Dark Matter
If snowballs sublimate, then we can consider the possibility of a halo composed of cold hydrogen gas.
TASI Lectures on Dark Matter
We do know that if you keep reducing the mass, you eventually end up with “rocks” or “snowballs”, and that if you keep increasing the mass you end up with “brown dwarfs” and then “stars”.
Planetesimals To Brown Dwarfs: What is a Planet?
When “dirty snowballs” drift towards and evaporate inside the ice-line, they unleash small dust grains that may accumulate there (see Ciesla & Cuzzi 2006, who included this effect in a coagulation model).
Forming Planetesimals in Solar and Extrasolar Nebulae
Since the first meeting on Lorentz and CPT Symmetry, held in Bloomington in 1998, the number of experimental results measuring SME coefficients has snowballed.
Testing Lorentz symmetry with atoms and Light
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