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rainout

[reyn-out] /ˈreɪnˌaʊt/
noun
1.
a contest, performance, or the like, that has been rained out.
2.
Also called washout. the removal of radioactive particles or other foreign substances from the atmosphere by precipitation.
Also, rain-out.
Compare fallout.
Origin
1945-1950
1945-50, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase rain out
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Examples from the web for rainout
  • The race has continually been plagued by cold, inclement conditions, including a rainout last season.
  • And that causes a premature rainout of the cloud, a cloud that would otherwise not precipitate at all.
  • rainout games will be made up at end of season if time permits.
  • It will be lost from the atmosphere mainly by rainout and dry deposition.
British Dictionary definitions for rainout

rainout

/ˈreɪnˌaʊt/
noun
1.
radioactive fallout or atmospheric pollution carried to the earth by rain
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