washout

[wosh-out, wawsh-]
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noun
  1. a washing out of earth, gravel, etc., by water, as from an embankment or a roadway by heavy rain or by a flash flood.
  2. the hole, break, or erosion produced by such a washing out.
  3. Also wash-out. Aeronautics. a warp in an airfoil that gives a decrease in the angle of attack toward the tip.Compare washin.
  4. rainout.
  5. Informal. an utter failure.
  6. Informal. a person who has failed a course of training or study: air force washouts.

Origin of washout

First recorded in 1870–75; noun use of verb phrase wash out
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Related Words for washout

disaster, fiasco, flop, gully, downpour, erosion

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Word Origin and History for washout
n.

"disappointing failure," 1902, from verbal phrase wash out "obliterate, cancel," attested from 1570s, hence colloquial sense of "to call off (an event) due to bad weather, etc."

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