washout

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

Definition of washout

1 a :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

Examples of washout in a Sentence

  1. He was a washout as a professional golfer.

  2. The team lost so many games that the season was a total washout.

  3. Yesterday's game was a washout.

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First Known Use of washout

1873


wash out

verb

Definition of wash out

transitive verb
1 :to wash free of an extraneous substance (such as dirt)
2 a :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
3 a :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

Examples of wash out in a Sentence

  1. most of the participants in the tough training program washed out

  2. the bright lights of the TV studio washed out her facial features, making her look as white as a ghost

First Known Use of wash out

1540


WASHOUT Defined for English Language Learners

washout

noun

Definition of washout for English Language Learners

  • : a complete failure

  • : an event, game, etc., that is canceled because of rain


WASHOUT Defined for Kids

washout

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

Definition of washout for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

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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