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

  • 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.
  • 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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
  • 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


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From the verb wash out.


  • I'm not sure what happens when an antrum washout is performed spontaneously, even on the spur of the moment and in anger shall we say, using a left oblique italic nib via a Mont Blanc pen tanked up with a nice permanent black

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  • The bridge washout is not an unusual happening in that part of Sonora during heavy rains - they are used to dealing with it.

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  • It gave me hardcore flashbacks of mega-plant Carly Smithson, the intermittently-Irish waitress / major-label washout who Simon propped the hell out of last season.

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  • Color "washout" - noticeable with wider viewing angles -, which occurs with other technologies, is not present.

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  • Location: Washington, D.C. First Pitch: 7: 05 p.m. Outlook: Still a long way out, but it does not look to be a fullday washout, which is the first step to getting nice weather.

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  • Such an effect is known as washout of the asymmetry and the criterion for this not to happen translates into, among other things, a bound on the mass of the lightest Higgs particle in the theory.

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  • But in 1870, a T. W. Twyford, of Hanley, England, brought out an all-earthenware closet called the washout, in which the trap was built into the entire water closet.


  • The highway, Wyoming 130, is open but traffic in either direction can only go as far as the washout, which is about 13 miles east of the Wyoming 230 junction.

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  • What others might call a washout was exactly what she wanted.


  • Some DV camcorders also have the +7.5 IRE black level error (aka washout error*) with pass-through. Forum


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