rainout

or rain-out

[ reyn-out ]
/ ˈreɪnˌaʊt /

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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British Dictionary definitions for rainout

rainout
/ (ˈreɪnˌaʊt) /

noun

radioactive fallout or atmospheric pollution carried to the earth by rain
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