from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Erosion of a relatively soft surface, such as a roadbed, by a sudden gush of water, as from a downpour or floods.
- n. A channel produced by such erosion.
- n. A total failure or disappointment.
- n. One who fails to measure up to a standard, especially one who fails a course of training or study.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An act of washing something out, or an appliance or device for doing so.
- n. The cleaning of matter from a physiological system using a fluid.
- n. The action whereby falling rainwater clean particles from the air.
- n. A channel produced by the erosion of a relatively soft surface by a sudden gush of water.
- n. A disappointment or total failure; an unsuccessful person.
- n. A sporting fixture that could not be completed because of rain.
- n. The aerodynamic effect of a small twist in the shape of an aircraft wing
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The washing out or away of earth, etc., especially of a portion of the bed of a road or railroad by a fall of rain or a freshet; also, a place, especially in the bed of a road or railroad, where the earth has been washed away.
- n. a complete failure; -- of an enterprise.
- n. a person who has failed a course of study or training, leaving the program before its completion.
- v. to be removed by washing; -- of spots and stains, especially on clothing.
- v. to be removed, broken, or destroyed by the action of flowing water.
- v. to fail in a course of study or training, especially to leave before completion of the course.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In geology, a channel, eroded in one stratum and subsequently filled with material of a different character, such as the channels of shale which meander through coal-seams, cutting out the coal.
- The excavation, by erosive action of water, of a part of a road-bed, the bank of a stream, a hillside, or the like; also, the hole or break resulting from such excavation.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. wash free from unwanted substances, such as dirt
- v. drain off the color in the course of laundering
- v. lose color in the process of being washed
- v. deplete of strength or vitality
- v. wear or destroy by the force of water
- v. remove by the application of water or other liquid and soap or some other cleaning agent
- v. prevent or interrupt due to rain
- n. the erosive process of washing away soil or gravel by water (as from a roadway)
- n. the channel or break produced by erosion of relatively soft soil by water
- n. someone who is unsuccessful
From the verb wash out. (Wiktionary)