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 From late Thursday into the weekend may not be a washout, but periodic downpours are probably part of the mix. Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Very nice weather starts off this week, but rainy at times during the second half," 5 Apr. 2021 As for 2021, there is cautious optimism that the Cactus League season won’t be a complete washout for the local economy. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, "Cubs-Mariners MLB spring training live stream (3/3): How to watch online, TV info, time," 3 Mar. 2021 Our upcoming weekend is going to be a split affair with a beauty of a day on Saturday and a washout of a day by Sunday afternoon. BostonGlobe.com, "This weekend will have both spring sunshine and spring showers," 26 Mar. 2021 At first, the premise of the show appears to center on Jonah (Ben Feldman), a business-school washout who takes a job at a giant retail store, Cloud 9, presumably a stand-in for Walmart. Kovie Biakolo, Vulture, "Farewell to Superstore, a Show That Got Representation Right," 24 Mar. 2021 As for 2021, there is cautious optimism that the Cactus League season won’t be a complete washout for the local economy. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, "Cubs-Mariners MLB spring training live stream (3/3): How to watch online, TV info, time," 3 Mar. 2021 The weekend won’t be a washout, but North Texas could see some showers and storms. Dallas News, "Thunderstorms possible in Dallas-Fort Worth this weekend," 12 Mar. 2021 As for 2021, there is cautious optimism that the Cactus League season won’t be a complete washout for the local economy. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, "Cubs-Mariners MLB spring training live stream (3/3): How to watch online, TV info, time," 3 Mar. 2021 As for 2021, there is cautious optimism that the Cactus League season won’t be a complete washout for the local economy. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, "Cubs-Mariners MLB spring training live stream (3/3): How to watch online, TV info, time," 3 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In his images, Sicknick can be seen retreating, bending over, and trying to wash out his eyes and face with water. TheWeek, "Disturbing new videos show Capitol Police officer who died being attacked with chemical spray during Jan. 6 riot," 24 Mar. 2021 Direct, harsh sunshine can raise interior temperatures, fade wood floors, dull cabinet finishes, dry leather, and wash out fabrics. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, "4 Fundamental Tips for Choosing the Best Kitchen Window Treatments," 19 Mar. 2021 With over 6,000 Amazon reviews in their own right, these wipes are perfect for cleaning up any leftover residue or gunk that doesn’t fully wash out or drain during the tablet-cleaning cycle. Kaitlyn Yarborough, Southern Living, "These $12 Tablets Are the Super Easy Trick To Cleaning Your Washing Machine," 11 Mar. 2021 But to detect those faint emanations of heat, the telescope must be very cold — less than 45 degrees Celsius above absolute zero — so that its own heat does not wash out the heat from outer space. New York Times, "The Webb Telescope, NASA’s Golden Surfer, Is Almost Ready, Again," 2 Feb. 2021 Sean McLean, his wife and two daughters in Boulder Creek expect to be trapped if roads are blocked or bridges wash out. Mallory Moench, SFChronicle.com, "Traumatized Santa Cruz mountain residents brace for possible landslides: ‘We are kind of maxed out’," 26 Jan. 2021 According to almost 300 shoppers, the animals activate the imagination, while the colors wash out fairly easily. Isabelle Kagan, USA TODAY, "17 super popular toys you can buy at Walmart right now," 12 Jan. 2021 On long-term camera sets like this, angle your lenses north or south when possible to avoid flares that can trigger the camera and wash out images at the best times of day. Will Brantley, Field & Stream, "Our 21 Favorite Trail Camera Photos," 10 Dec. 2020 Admittedly, access to protective gear has improved since the dark days of April, when doctors and nurses were forced to wash out disposable N95 masks for days on end and use garbage bags when gowns ran out. Star Tribune, "As new COVID wave hits, protective gear is still needed," 17 Nov. 2020

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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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17 Apr 2021

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“Washout.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/washout. Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

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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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