washout

noun
wash·​out | \ ˈwȯsh-ˌau̇t , ˈwäsh-\

Definition of washout

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : the washing out or away of something and especially of earth in a roadbed by a freshet
b : a place where earth is washed away
2 : one that fails to measure up : failure: such as
a : one who fails in a course of training or study
b : an unsuccessful enterprise or undertaking

wash out

verb

Definition of wash out (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to wash free of an extraneous substance (such as dirt)
2a : to cause to fade by or as if by laundering
b : to deplete the strength or vitality of
c : to eliminate as useless or unsatisfactory : reject
3a : to destroy or make useless by the force or action of water the storm washed out the bridge
b : rain out the game was washed out

intransitive verb

1 : to become depleted of color or vitality : fade
2 : to fail to meet requirements or measure up to a standard

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Examples of washout in a Sentence

Noun

He was a washout as a professional golfer. The team lost so many games that the season was a total washout. Yesterday's game was a washout.

Verb

most of the participants in the tough training program washed out the bright lights of the TV studio washed out her facial features, making her look as white as a ghost
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The Odor Protection Test In this test, panelists do a washout period for about two weeks and are also instructed not to wash. Cassie Shortsleeve, Popular Mechanics, "How Scientists at Degree Men Test Antiperspirant," 20 Dec. 2018 The weekend shouldn’t be a washout, and Sunday looks nicer than Saturday. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "Rain may soak Washington on Friday and then mess with another weekend," 21 June 2018 The National Weather Service Marquette issued a warning for residents to avoid roadways due to numerous washouts and debris. Deasia Paige, Detroit Free Press, "What we know about flooding in Houghton, Michigan," 18 June 2018 Michigan was a particular washout for the GOP with Democrat Gretchen Whitmer winning in a rout, despite a strong economic recovery. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "A Democratic House," 7 Nov. 2018 It was actually supposed to come Sunday, but a washout and a day off delayed what is, at least symbolically, a significant moment in the 2018 Orioles season. Jon Meoli, baltimoresun.com, "With rookie catchers Sisco, Wynns, Orioles start slow move toward future in spiraling season," 6 June 2018 On the flip side, that means that a washout of outdoor activities is quite unlikely as well. David Streit, Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Hotter and more humid today, then warm and dry through end of week," 10 July 2018 There was another washout at Dover Creek, and the road is closed. Detroit Free Press, "What we know now about flooding in Upper Peninsula," 19 June 2018 But that hasn’t stopped anyone from pronouncing a Democratic washout in California. David Weigel, Washington Post, "Slow waves, high turnout and no lockouts: Four lessons from this week’s primaries," 7 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

That’s a weakness for a sport whose most famous player may be a minor-leaguer named Tim Tebow—who washed out of the NFL. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "Baseball Wants Kyler Murray. But He Wants Football.," 15 Jan. 2019 In 1996, the 9,000-year-old skeleton of an early North American man washed out of a muddy bank of the Columbia River near Kennewick, Washington, and into 20 years of controversy. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "DNA may reconnect Aboriginal Australian remains with modern communities," 27 Dec. 2018 The sinkhole formed after a culvert under the road washed out due to heavy rains in the area, the Renville County Sheriff’s Office said. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "'Lucky' teen escapes unscathed after driving vehicle into sinkhole," 7 July 2018 And recently, rather than shocking violet strands or washed out pastel tips, It-girls have turned to a fiery (and surprisingly flattering) shade of red. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "These Celebrities Have Already Embraced 2019's Biggest Hair Color," 14 Dec. 2018 This gives you the opportunity to explore vivid colors like pastels, which will fade and eventually wash out over three to four weeks' time. Sam Escobar, Good Housekeeping, "How Young Is Too Young to Dye Your Kid's Hair?," 15 Oct. 2018 But Brohm was quickly beaten out by Matt Flynn, a Green Bay seventh rounder in the same draft class, and had washed out by 2011 after making two starts for Buffalo. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "Ranking NFL's second-round QBs since 2000: Is Christian Hackenberg biggest bust?," 14 June 2018 Rushing water breached dams and washed out portions of highways, including Interstate 70. Dawn Mitchell, Indianapolis Star, "Looking back at the 2008 floods in Indiana," 7 June 2018 The home survived the powerful storm’s destruction, but the sign was washed out into the Atlantic Ocean. Fox News, "Jersey Shore real estate sign washes up in France years after Hurricane Sandy," 31 May 2018

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First Known Use of washout

Noun

1873, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1540, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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washout

noun

English Language Learners Definition of washout

informal
: a complete failure
: an event, game, etc., that is canceled because of rain

washout

noun
wash·​out | \ ˈwȯsh-ˌau̇t , ˈwäsh-\

Kids Definition of washout

1 : a place where earth has been washed away
2 : a complete failure

washout

noun
wash·​out | \ ˈwȯsh-ˌau̇t, ˈwäsh- \

Medical Definition of washout

: the action or process of progressively reducing the concentration of a substance (as a dye injected into the left ventricle of the heart)

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