What does washout mean?

Definitions for washout
ˈwɒʃˌaʊt, ˈwɔʃ-washout

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. washoutnoun

    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, washnoun

    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, washoutnoun

    someone who is unsuccessful


  1. Washoutnoun

    a complete failure; -- of an enterprise.

  2. Washoutnoun

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


  1. washoutnoun

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

  2. washoutnoun

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

  3. washoutnoun

    The action whereby falling rainwater clean particles from the air.

  4. washoutnoun

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

  5. washoutnoun

    A disappointment or total failure; an unsuccessful person.

  6. washoutnoun

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

  7. washoutnoun

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

  8. Etymology: From the verb wash out.


  1. washout

    Washout generally refers to one of the following: 1. The action or process of washing out or being washed out, often related to the removal or elimination of a substance. 2. A gradual loss of significance, effectiveness or value. 3. An event or action that turns out to be a disappointment or failure. 4. In civil engineering, the erosion of a structure or infrastructure, such as a road or bridge, due to water flow. 5. In aviation, a change in the angle of an aircraft's wings to reduce lift at the wingtips. The exact definition can vary depending on the context in which it is used.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Washoutnoun

    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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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of washout in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of washout in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of washout in a Sentence

  1. John Saucer:

    The scope of today's sell-off is unequivocally a speculative washout.

  2. Samuel Heilman:

    Purim is pretty much going to be a washout this year.

  3. Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison:

    Our collaboration with the US Marshals Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force and participation in joint operations like Operation Washout reflect our ongoing partnership and commitment to apprehending some of the most violent offenders and taking them off the streets, this operation demonstrated our ongoing efforts in working with all of our law enforcement partners at the federal, state and local level in creating a safer Baltimore.

  4. Art Hogan:

    This kind of washout doesn't get accomplished in a day. Even though yesterday felt traumatic, it tends to be a three-day process.

  5. Jared Woodard:

    All the evidence suggests folks who were inclined to hedge against this kind of scenario have been doing so for some time and that reduces the probability of a panic washout.

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