What does wash out mean?

Definitions for wash out

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word wash out.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. rain out, wash out(verb)

    prevent or interrupt due to rain

    "The storm had washed out the game"

  2. wash out(verb)

    wash free from unwanted substances, such as dirt

    "Wash out your dirty shirt in the sink"

  3. wash out(verb)

    wear or destroy by the force of water

    "The hail storms had washed out the bridges"

  4. wash, wash out, wash off, wash away(verb)

    remove by the application of water or other liquid and soap or some other cleaning agent

    "he washed the dirt from his coat"; "The nurse washed away the blood"; "Can you wash away the spots on the windows?"; "he managed to wash out the stains"

  5. wash out(verb)

    deplete of strength or vitality

    "The illness washed her out"

  6. wash out(verb)

    drain off the color in the course of laundering

    "The harsh soap washed out the delicate blouse"

  7. wash out(verb)

    lose color in the process of being washed

    "The expensive shirt washed out in the German washing machine"


  1. Wash out(v. i. & t.)

    to be removed by washing; -- of spots and stains, especially on clothing.

  2. Wash out(v. i. & t.)

    to be removed, broken, or destroyed by the action of flowing water; as, the bridge was washed out by the flood.

  3. Wash out(v. i. & t.)

    to fail in a course of study or training, especially to leave before completion of the course.


  1. wash out(Verb)

    To cancel due to bad weather.

  2. wash out(Verb)

    To remove something by washing.

  3. wash out(Verb)

    To wear away by the flow of water; to erode.

  4. wash out(Verb)

    To lose traction while going around a turn, especially in cycling, motorsports and skiing/snowboarding.

  5. Origin: * From wash + out


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of wash out in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of wash out in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Paola Regeni:

    If April 5 proves to be a wash-out, we expect a strong response from our government, a really strong one.

  2. Omar Khayym:

    The Moving Finger writes and, having writ, Moves on nor all your Piety nor Wit Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line, Nor all your Tears wash out a Word of it.

  3. Patrick McCarthy:

    There is an ongoing concern that ground-based astronomy is at risk long-term. There just are not that many pristine sites left, as these cities and highways grow, you start to wash out the faintest objects. The thing is, the faintest objects are the reason we're building these telescopes in the first place.

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