• WordNet 3.6
    • n washout someone who is unsuccessful
    • n washout 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"
    • n washout 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"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Washout a complete failure; -- of an enterprise.
    • Washout a person who has failed a course of study or training, leaving the program before its completion.
    • Washout The washing out or away of earth, etc., especially of a portion of the bed of a road or railroad by a fall of rain or a freshet; also, a place, especially in the bed of a road or railroad, where the earth has been washed away.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n washout In geology, a channel, eroded in one stratum and subsequently filled with material of a different character, such as the channels of shale which meander through coal-seams, cutting out the coal.
    • washout The excavation, by erosive action of water, of a part of a road-bed, the bank of a stream, a hillside, or the like; also, the hole or break resulting from such excavation.
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In literature:

Please be careful, Miss Hinckley, or you'll drop the wheel in that washout!
"Aladdin & Co." by Herbert Quick
In fact, it was the great flood of water that ran from the back of the Cliffs that caused this deep washout, or gully.
"Polly and Eleanor" by Lillian Elizabeth Roy
Asher and the men had to go across the river early to look after the fences and washouts on the lower quarter.
"Winning the Wilderness" by Margaret Hill McCarter
Washouts further up the mountain prevented our going, so we could do nothing but sit around and discuss the situation.
"The Johnstown Horror" by James Herbert Walker
That's to pay you back for jumping that washout when I wasn't looking.
"The Ranch at the Wolverine" by B. M. Bower
There had been washouts since then.
"Rimrock Trail" by J. Allan Dunn
Washout water-closet 205 64.
"Rural Hygiene" by Henry N. Ogden
Just for an instant the word "washout" flashed through his mind.
"The Golden Woman" by Ridgwell Cullum
A big washout had swept away a bridge or embankment.
"The American Missionary--Volume 39, No. 07, July, 1885" by Various
We remained in Richmond two days on account of a washout, and did not reach home until the 20th of June.
"The Southern Soldier Boy" by James Carson Elliott

In news:

Listen to the 911 call about a road washout in aftermath aftermath of West Michigan storms.
Marty Markowitz, Montauk Washout .
Washout is the first in 5 years Published: Thu, Jun 24, 2004.
Grab the umbrella but it won't be a washout .
My "walk up," as they call it, was a washout.
Heard rumors of the weekend being a washout.
An Alaska Railroad bridge washout at Gold Creek, north of Talkeetna, Saturday, September 21, 2012.
It's no comfort in this washout summer to read that it's more likely to rain at weekends than in the week.
Fair hopes to avoid washout today.
The gully left by a washout on Duluth's Skyline Parkway.
Is This Year's Festival a Washout .
Recent news and coverage of Washout .
WashOut is a project of the people behind Traffic, a bar and restaurant with Manhattan locations in Midtown and Hell's Kitchen, that seem to cater to the beer pitchers-and-sports crowd.
The Wyoming Highway Patrol just released the names of four Colorado Springs family members, killed in a washout .
He then helped rescue another man in an SUV who also drove into the washout .

In science:

They can be conveniently characterized by the parameter fm1 , the parameter being bounded above if washout processes are to be limited.
Neutrino Phenomenology -- the case of two right handed neutrinos
GX < H (z = 1)), and so the expected washout effect due to the DL = 2 processes will be small.
A scenario for leptogenesis at the TeV scale
B =(leptonic CP-asymmetry ) × (washout processes) × (chemical equilibrium) . 28.2.
Proceedings of the first workshop on Flavor Symmetries and consequences in Accelerators and Cosmology (FLASY2011)
It is hard to see how such a feature could survive turbulent washout for more than 108 years using timescale arguments of the type summarized earlier.
Interstellar Turbulence II: Implications and Effects
In three right-handed neutrino models with sequential dominance, if the dominant right-handed neutrino is the lightest one, then the washout parameter ˜m1 ∼ O(m3 ) is rather too large compared to the optimal value of around 10−3 eV for thermal leptogenesis.
Theory of Neutrinos: A White Paper