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snow·ball

snowball

 
pronunciation:
sno bawl
parts of speech:
noun, verb
part of speech: noun
definition: a mass of snow that has been packed together into a ball. Snowballs are used for play or games.
 
part of speech: verb
inflections: snowballs, snowballing, snowballed
definition: to grow rapidly in size, importance, or intensity.
The crime problem has snowballed.
similar words:
boom, mushroom