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

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

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
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Rain and thunderstorms are forecast beginning Friday and extending through the Memorial Day weekend, but there shouldn’t be a total washout on any day. Chris Perkins, Sun Sentinel, 26 May 2022 In other words, Dallas will replace multiple-time Pro Bowler Amari Cooper and Cedrick Wilson — who ranked fourth on the team in receiving yards last season — with a veteran washout and a rookie receiver. Dj Siddiqi, Forbes, 23 May 2022 Showers and storms are possible as the warm front passes, but it’s not an all-day washout. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, 16 May 2022 While this weekend won't be a washout for everyone, there are rain chances from the Arkansas-Louisiana-Texas region through the Carolinas. Allison Chinchar, CNN, 16 Apr. 2022 Are bidets a modern bathroom essential or an expensive washout? Sal Vaglica, WSJ, 9 Mar. 2022 The National Weather Service said the day won’t be a total washout but there could be several hours of rainy weather across the state today. Leigh Morgan, al, 11 Nov. 2021 From restaurants to hotels, a washout of the spring training season would hurt Arizona and Florida businesses that depend on it. Chris Woodyard, USA TODAY, 27 Feb. 2022 Everglades come standard with the 12.0-inch touchscreen and vinyl seats, washout floor mats, and green stitching. Connor Hoffman, Car and Driver, 10 Feb. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb No matter your skin concern, there’s a body wash out there that can help, according to Dr. Baumann. Nikhita Mahtani, SELF, 14 June 2022 As the Sun rises higher, the light from its rays will wash out the visibility of certain planets, such as Mercury. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 6 June 2022 The situation would only start to improve come the fourth quarter that starts in January 2023, when a number of these temporary effects start to wash out of annual comparisons, the company said. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 6 May 2022 In addition, the moon is new, meaning there will be no moonlight to wash out the faint meteors. Julia Musto, Fox News, 26 May 2022 At the same time, super sunny days or taking pictures around high noon will probably also wash out your photographs due to the excess light. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 12 May 2022 Inevitably, after tons of rides, your once-new clothing, helmet, shoes, and pack get salt crusted, sun faded, stained from water and dirt, and develop a stubborn funk that’s hard to wash out. Joe Lindsey, Outside Online, 17 July 2021 These colorful—and beloved—waxes do the trick, then wash out when you're done with them. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, 27 Apr. 2022 Most projectors fall short in outdoor settings where sunlight can easily wash out even the brightest picture. Mike Richard, Men's Health, 28 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of washout


1873, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1540, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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17 Jun 2022

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More Definitions for washout


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


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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