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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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 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

With rain showers washing out Wednesday's entire French Open schedule at Roland Garros, tournament officials were forced to push the women's semifinals, which were originally slated for Thursday, back a day to Friday. Alaa Abdeldaiem, SI.com, "WTA 'Extremely Disappointed' in French Open for Scheduling Semis on Outside Courts," 6 June 2019 With rain showers washing out Wednesday's French Open matches at Roland Garros, tournament officials were forced to push the women's semifinals — originally slated for Thursday — back a day to Friday. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "WTA puts French Open officials on blast for scheduling women's semifinals on outside courts," 6 June 2019 The designers monitor the length of the vehicles’ front spoilers, because longer ones will wash out of a Hot Wheels track’s signature loop-the-loops. Aarian Marshall, WIRED, "How Mattel Shrinks Cars Into Hot Wheels (Crash Test Included)," 4 June 2019 Note in the above photos that the iPhone X photo of the vase next to the plant is getting washed out by the light reflecting off the vase. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "iPhone XS and XS Max review: Big screens, big performance, big lenses, big prices," 1 Oct. 2018 Most wash out in the combat endurance test, administered on day one. Heather Mac Donald, WSJ, "Women Don’t Belong in Combat Units," 13 Jan. 2019 Where a salon treatment can last for several months, at-home versions tend to wash out after a few weeks. Ashley Weatherford, The Cut, "The Everything Guide to Keratin Treatments," 15 May 2018 But the ashy color did wash out my complexion in a Crypt Keeper kind of way. Rory Satran, WSJ, "The Hottest Hair Color of the Moment is...Gray," 17 Jan. 2019 While some slime did find its way onto my black jeans, that did wash out. Stacey Grant, Seventeen, "14 Outrageous Facts About Nickelodeon Slime," 10 Dec. 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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The first known use of washout was in 1540

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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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