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Definition of the noun washout

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noun - plural: washouts

  1. the channel or break produced by erosion of relatively soft soil by water
    • example: it was several days after the storm before they could repair the washout and open the road
    • lexical domain: Shapes - nouns denoting two and three dimensional shapes
    • more generic words: channel / groove = a long narrow furrow cut either by a natural process (such as erosion) or by a tool
  2. the erosive process of washing away soil or gravel by water (as from a roadway)
    • example: from the house they watched the washout of their newly seeded lawn by the water
    • lexical domain: Natural Processes - nouns denoting natural processes
    • synonym of washout: wash
    • more generic term: soil erosion = the washing away of soil by the flow of water
    • more specific word: rain-wash = the washing away of soil or other loose material by rain
  3. someone who is unsuccessful

Alternative definition of the noun washout


  1. An act of washing something out, or an appliance or device for doing so.
  2. [biology, medicine] The cleaning of matter from a physiological system using a fluid.
  3. [meteorology] The action whereby falling rainwater clean particles from the air.
  4. A channel produced by the erosion of a relatively soft surface by a sudden gush of water.
  5. [colloquial] A disappointment or total failure; an unsuccessful person.
  6. A sporting fixture that could not be completed because of rain.
  7. The aerodynamic effect of a small twist in the shape of an aircraft wing

Specialised definition of the noun washout

Glossary of sports / bowling

the 1-2-4-10 or 1-2-10 split for right-handed bowlers, the 1-3-6-7 or 1-3-7 for left-handers


Washout was a fictional mutant character in the Marvel Universe of comics. The character first appeared in a one-page cameo in X-Force vol. 1 #129 before being given a larger role in the Weapon X series.


"Washout" is a book by Atk. Butterfly.

  • genre: Speculative fiction
  • copyright: 1997


  1. "WashOut" is a musical single of The Fallout Trust.
    • released on (8 years ago)
  2. "Washout" is a musical single of Georg Bissen.
    • released on (5 years ago)
  3. "Washout" is a musical album of Matt Borghi.


  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.
  2. Washout refers to a feature of wing design to deliberately reduce the lift distribution across the span of the wing of an aircraft. The wing is designed so that the angle of incidence is greater at the wing roots and decreases across the span, becoming lowest at the wing tip. This is usually to ensure that, at the stall speed, the wing root stalls before the wing tips, providing the aircraft with continued aileron control and some resistance to spinning. Washout may also be used to modify the spanwise lift distribution to reduce lift-induced drag. The lift distribution can also be modified beneficially with washin, an initial increase of incidence outward from the roots.
  3. Washout is a cataloged instance, musical recording, canonical version.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Washout

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Google previewI-390, Genesco Expressway, Monroe County (1977)

Environmental Impact Statement

washout is a below-cloud scavenging process, effective with larger size particulates. Absorption of gases occurs in both the in-cloud and below- cloud ...

Google previewNuclear Cardiology in Everyday Practice (2012)

by J. Candell-Riera, D. Ortega-Alcalde

Thallium washout is an equilibration process that depends on the difference in thallium concentrations between the intracellular and intravascular spaces. It is also determined by coronary flow, so that areas with a greater flow have a much ...

Google previewBessemer and Lake Erie Railroad (2009)

by Kenneth C. Springirth

A washout is the scene of activity on the northbound track south of On December 4, 2003, Bessemer and Lake Erie ...

Google previewCultural Heritage and Aerobiology (2003)

Methods and Measurement Techniques for Biodeterioration Monitoring by Paolo Mandrioli, Giulia Caneva, Cristina Sabbioni

The second process is called washout and takes place when falling raindrops, snowflakes or hailstones collide with particles having a greater diameter (over one micron) and capture them. The rate of the removal of microbiological particles ...

Google previewOfficial Proceedings, Topic Reports and Special Papers (1920)

by Master Boiler Makers' Association

Improper care of locomotives when on ash pits or in engine houses for boiler washout is the chief cause. The great importance of this question calls for thorough discussion. MR. FRANK YocHEM: We use 50,000 to 55,000 tensile strength.

Google previewChemical Reaction and Chemical Reactors (2016)

by CTI Reviews

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 (a flash flood) or other stream flooding. These downpours ...

Google previewClinical Skills in Children's Nursing (2010)

by Imelda Coyne, Fiona Timmins, Freda Neill

However, nasopharyngeal lavage or washout is the preferred method of obtaining an NPA. This can be very stressful for infants ...

Google previewThe Prevention and Treatment of Missing Data in Clinical Trials (2010)

by Panel on Handling Missing Data in Clinical Trials, Committee on National Statistics, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, National Research Council

Washout: (Placebo) washout is a period of time without active treatment that is scheduled before the beginning of use of study treatment, often used to eliminate any residual effects that might remain after a previous period on active treatment.

Google previewModern Well Design (1996)

by Bernt S. Aadnoy

Washouts. The theory behind borehole washout is that the jet action through the bit nozzles hydraulically erode the borehole wall away. The result is often believed to be an enlarged borehole of considerable size. We believe that it is difficult ...

Google previewGeneral Aviation Aircraft Design (2013)

Applied Methods and Procedures by Snorri Gudmundsson

The primary reason for selecting an aerodynamic washout is that it allows the main wing spar caps to be straight, something that is important for the construction of composite aircraft. A spar cap in a composite aircraft mostly consists of ...

Google previewTextbook of Uroradiology (2012)

by Reed Dunnick, Carl Sandler, Jeffrey Newhouse

Enhancement is the difference between the enhanced attenuation value and the unenhanced attenuation value; enhancement washout is the difference between the enhanced attenuation value and the delayed contrast attenuation value.

Google previewDictionary of Film Terms (2006)

The Aesthetic Companion to Film Art by Frank Eugene Beaver

Washout Western An optical transition used for editing purposes that are similar to the motion-picture fade. Unlike the fade-out where the images fade to black, in a washout the images suddenly start to bleach out or to color until the screen ...

Google previewNuclear Medicine Imaging: An Encyclopedic Dictionary (2012)

by Joseph A. Thie

Washout. Well. counter. Radiation detector, usually cylindrical, that can accurately quantify the activity in a sample placed in a cavity within by registering the individual counts of its emanating radiation. A common form is a hollowed-out crystal ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Skiri Pawnee (2008)

by Douglas Richard Parks, Lula Nora Pratt

be a gully, ravine, washout formed by water; be a creek, stream (dry or full); be a streambed; be a ditch.

Google previewThe Dictionary of Health Economics, Third Edition (2014)

by Anthony J. Culyer

Washout. Period. The gap between the end ofa treatment period and the start of another in a crossover trial. The lapsed time 'washes out' the effects of the first period's treatment. Watchful. Waiting. This is a useful health care technology, based ...

Google previewBlack's Medical Dictionary (2009)

by Harvey Marcovitch

Washout. see GASTRIC LAVAGE. Stomatitis.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Sustainable Technologies (2017)

by Martin Abraham

Washout Water Besides stormwater running off construction sites, various types of wastewater may be discharged into our...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Optical Engineering: Abe-Las, pages 1-1024 (2003)

by Ronald G. Driggers

Washout is the removal of particles by rain and snow. Snow, which has smaller terminal velocity and rougher surfaces, may be more effective as a purging effect. Washout implies some kind of joining action between haze particles and ...

Google previewDictionary of Water and Waste Management (2005)

by Paul G Smith

washout In air pollution, removal of particles or gases by collision with descending raindrops. Compare rainout. washout valve, scour v. A valve provided at a low point in a main which allows debris to be flushed out at a ...

Google previewRadiological Sciences Dictionary: Keywords, names and definitions (2009)

by David Dowsett

Provides quantitative information on the velocity of blood flow by: ○ bright blood effect; ○ inflow amplification; ○ jet effect; ○ signal elimination; ○ washout effect. (see flow quantification). flow enhancement (mri) The increased intensity that ...

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Scrabble value of W4A1S1H4O1U1T1

The value of this 7-letter word is 13 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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