washout

noun
wash·​out | \ ˈwȯsh-ˌau̇t How to pronounce washout (audio) , 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
washed out; washing out; washes out

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

In Jasper, Forest Service Road 250 is closed due to a washout. Carina Julig, The Denver Post, "Flood risks bring warnings for those living, playing near rivers in southwestern Colorado," 10 June 2019 Organizers were surely relieved the rain that caused havoc Wednesday didn't resurface early Friday, as some forecasts suggested another complete washout was a possibility. Ravi Ubha, CNN, "Nadal beats Federer to reach 12th French Open final," 7 June 2019 The question is how much a washout in some frothy asset classes would affect the real economy. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Bond Market’s Signal," 4 Oct. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

O’Rourke’s looseness left him looking washed out and meek. Gilbert Garcia, ExpressNews.com, "Castro’s discipline pays off on the big stage," 28 June 2019 Eight thousand residents were left without clean drinking water after floodwaters washed out the rural water system. USA TODAY, "Summer snow, yellow jacket super nests, laundered cat: News from around our 50 states," 26 June 2019 The waves then interfere so that wrong solutions wash out and the right one emerges. Adrian Cho, Science | AAAS, "How to evaluate computers that don’t quite exist," 26 June 2019 With most roads washed out, food has been delivered by canoe and helicopter. National Geographic, "Children living near national parks are healthier, more prosperous," 3 Apr. 2019 Champions — Tom Lehman won the Principal Charity Classic after weather washed out the final round in Des Moines. BostonGlobe.com, "Dustin Johnson takes St. Jude Classic, reclaims No. 1 ranking," 11 June 2018 The grains in this scrub are extremely fine and the brand suggests following up with shampoo in the shower to be sure they're all washed out. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Frank Body's First-Ever Hair-Care Products Include a Scalp Scrub and Mask — and There’s Already a Waitlist," 17 May 2019 The mood board showed sprigs of very pale lilacs, and Mrs. Slocombe in a candy pink rinse, but Ott looked carefully at photographs of me at the fitting, scrutinized my eyes, and wondered if a washed out green wouldn’t be the way to go? Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Hamish Bowles Explains the Inspiration Behind His Sea Foam-Green Met Gala Hair," 8 May 2019 Their switch is why many of those moderate Republicans washed out to sea; their fate was sealed more by moderate women rising up to vote Democratic than because of a left-wing insurrection. Gerald F. Seib, WSJ, "A Democratic Narrative Misses the Reality of 2018," 14 Jan. 2019

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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 How to pronounce washout (audio) , 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- How to pronounce washout (audio) \

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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