Definition of washout in English:

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washout

Pronunciation: /ˈwäSHˌout/
/ˈwôSHˌout/

noun

1 [usually in singular] informal An event that is spoiled by constant or heavy rain.
Example sentences
  • Through no fault of the organisers, last year's River Festival was a total washout, with torrential rain and flooding.
  • Yesterday was a bit of a washout - it rained on and off most of the day so I spent my time in museums.
  • But the rain came down again, leading to two further washouts, and the players christened the game the Match that Refused to Die.
1.1A disappointing failure: the film was a washout
More example sentences
  • New Years was a bit if a washout, which was a bit of a shame.
  • He may be charming but he is willful, thoroughly spoiled and a washout in politics.
  • I wouldn't say that the band is actually a washout, or even really that bad, but listening to all of their best hits back-to-back makes you realize just how little they experimented with their sound.
2A breach in a road or railroad track caused by flooding.
Example sentences
  • Freezing temperatures, blowing snow, landslides and washouts all keep the maintenance of way crews busy on the pass.
  • It can wheel through thick mud and washouts without getting stuck and without leaving behind big ruts.
  • What had actually happened was that she had encountered an unseen, unmarked washout across the road more than three feet wide.
2.1 Geology A channel cut into a sedimentary deposit by rushing water and filled with younger material.
3 Medicine The removal of material or a substance from the body or a part of it, either by washing with a fluid, or by allowing it to be eliminated over a period.
Example sentences
  • The abdomen was left open to allow for additional debridements and washouts of necrotizing fasciitis of the abdominal wall.
  • Arthroscopic debridement and washout has a role as a temporising procedure in early osteoarthritis associated with mechanical symptoms.
  • Two developed postoperative infection one of which required bilateral antral washout, the other settled with medical treatment.

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Syllabification: wash·out

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