American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Rock debris transported downhill by rain.
- v. To wash (material) down a slope by rain.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See wash.
- n. the washing away of soil or other loose material by rain
“The clouds spell out 'acceptance', but in the rain-wash beside my feet it just looks like jibberish.”
“We both dropped and rolled into a shallow depression caused by rain-wash, where we lay as flat as we could while the flat-nosed soft lead bullets kicked sand and shingle down the backs of our necks.”
“She ran in advance, and I, with the outer robe over my head, followed, urging flinching way against the whipped rain-wash.”
“A part, however, of the so-called Loess of northern France, e.g. in the valley of the Somme, is rain-wash, similar in character to the brick-earth of parts of south-eastern England.”
“Copper water, the product of a six-day rain-wash through red clay ditches, hid Leo's toes from midnight light.”
“Still further south in the savana of Santa Rosa these gravels with their red sand, angular fragments of quartz and the little streaks of black iron sand in every little rain-wash remind a Califoniian irresistibly of the foot - hills of the Sierra Xevada.”
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