Definitions for washoutˈwɒʃˌaʊt, ˈwɔʃ-

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. washout(noun)

    the channel or break produced by erosion of relatively soft soil by water

    "it was several days after the storm before they could repair the washout and open the road"

  2. washout, wash(noun)

    the erosive process of washing away soil or gravel by water (as from a roadway)

    "from the house they watched the washout of their newly seeded lawn by the water"

  3. flop, dud, washout(noun)

    someone who is unsuccessful


  1. Washout(n.)

    a complete failure; -- of an enterprise.

  2. Washout(n.)

    a person who has failed a course of study or training, leaving the program before its completion.


  1. washout(Noun)

    An act of washing something out, or an appliance or device for doing so.

  2. washout(Noun)

    The cleaning of matter from a physiological system using a fluid.

  3. washout(Noun)

    The action whereby falling rainwater clean particles from the air.

  4. washout(Noun)

    A channel produced by the erosion of a relatively soft surface by a sudden gush of water.

  5. washout(Noun)

    A disappointment or total failure; an unsuccessful person.

  6. washout(Noun)

    A sporting fixture that could not be completed because of rain.

  7. washout(Noun)

    The aerodynamic effect of a small twist in the shape of an aircraft wing

  8. Origin: From the verb wash out.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Washout(noun)

    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


  1. Washout

    A washout is the sudden erosion of soft soil or other support surfaces by a gush of water, usually occurring during a heavy downpour of rain or other stream flooding. These downpours may occur locally in a thunderstorm or over a large area, such as following the landfall of a tropical cyclone. If a washout occurs in a crater-like formation, it is called a sinkhole, and it usually involves a leaking or broken water main or sewerage pipes. Other types of sinkholes, such as collapsed caves, are not washouts. Widespread washouts can occur in mountainous areas after heavy rains, even in normally dry ravines. A severe washout can become a landslide, or cause a dam break in an earthen dam. Like other forms of erosion, most washouts can be prevented by vegetation whose roots hold the soil and/or slow the flow of surface and underground water. Deforestation increases the risk of washouts. Retaining walls and culverts may be used to try and prevent washouts, although particularly severe washouts may even destroy these if they are not large or strong enough.

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