outwash

noun
out·​wash | \ ˈau̇t-ˌwȯsh How to pronounce outwash (audio) , -ˌwäsh \

Definition of outwash

: detritus consisting chiefly of gravel and sand carried by running water from the melting ice of a glacier and laid down in stratified deposits

Examples of outwash in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The boardwalk at the base of the hill has been covered by the geyser's outwash. Drew Broach, NOLA.com, "World's tallest geyser erupts at Yellowstone for third time in six weeks: report," 28 Apr. 2018 Fascist movements could first reach full development only in the outwash from those two tidal waves. Robert O. Paxton, Slate Magazine, "The Future of Fascism," 6 Apr. 2017 Although short, this flight provided an opportunity to get a bird’s-eye view of the spectacular glacial-outwash sediment dispersal systems in the region. Brian Romans, WIRED, "Some photos from a trip to the Arctic," 8 July 2009

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First Known Use of outwash

1805, in the meaning defined above

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“Outwash.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outwash. Accessed 8 December 2019.

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