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rainout

or rain-out

[ reyn-out ]
/ ˈreɪnˌaʊt /
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noun
a contest, performance, or the like, that has been rained out.
Also called washout. the removal of radioactive particles or other foreign substances from the atmosphere by precipitation.
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Origin of rainout

1945–50, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase rain out
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How to use rainout in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for rainout

rainout
/ (ˈreɪnˌaʊt) /

noun
radioactive fallout or atmospheric pollution carried to the earth by rain
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Other Idioms and Phrases with rainout

rain out

Force the cancellation or postponement of some event owing to bad weather. For example, Our picnic was rained out, but we hope to have it next week. [1920s]

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