Definition of washout in English:


Syllabification: wash·out
Pronunciation: /ˈwäSHˌout, ˈwôSH-


  • 1 [usually in singular] informal An event that is spoiled by constant or heavy rain.
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    • 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
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
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    • 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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