Noun: washout 'wósh,awt
Verb: wash out wó-shawt
- 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"
- 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";
- Someone who is unsuccessful
- flop, dud, clunker [N. Amer]
- Prevent or interrupt due to rain
"The storm had washed out the game";
- rain out
- Wash free from unwanted substances, such as dirt
"Wash out your dirty shirt in the sink"
- Wear or destroy by the force of water
"The hail storms had washed out the bridges"
- Remove by the application of water or other liquid and soap or some other cleaning agent
"he managed to wash out the stains";
- wash, wash off, wash away
- Deplete of strength or vitality
- Drain off the colour in the course of laundering
"The harsh soap washed out the delicate blouse"
- Lose colour in the process of being washed
"The expensive shirt washed out in the German washing machine"
Derived forms: washes out, washed out, washing out, washouts
Type of: channel, destroy, discolor [US], discolour [Brit, Cdn], failure, groove, keep, launder, loser, no-hoper, nonstarter, prevent, remove, ruin, soil erosion, spifflicate, spiflicate, take, take away, unsuccessful person, wash, weaken, withdraw
Encyclopedia: Washout Wash out