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An event, such as an athletic contest, that has been rained out.
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(Physical Geography) radioactive fallout or atmospheric pollution carried to the earth by rain
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the cancellation or postponement of a sports event, performance, etc., because of rain.
[1945–50, Amer.]
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Radioactive material in the atmosphere brought down by precipitation.
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms. US Department of Defense 2005.
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Game 1 of Tuesday's doubleheader is a makeup of an April 20 rainout. The White Sox are 5-3 vs.
Only one baseball playoff game was originally scheduled for Wednesday, but that changed with Tuesday's rainout at Wrigley Field.
Marion said, "On rainout days, all the workers stayed home.
Louis and having to stay an extra day because of Wednesday's rainout. "We're concluding our second spring training," Maddon quipped.
Especially statewide, if you think it's going to be a complete rainout with an outdoor event, a lot of people won't make that trip."
Union problems" doesn't begin to explain why the team was locked out of the stadium more than once, the lights on the scoreboard were routinely left burned out and "misunderstandings" as to what constituted a rainout occurred.
Worcester manager Justin Edwards said the rainout is great for his team, not just physically, but mentally.
Eugene (8-10) was the visiting team in the opener because it was a makeup game from a rainout in Spokane.
While helium rainout likely still happens, the authors doubt that it can account for all of Saturn's excess infrared mission.
In the May-June issue of Baseball Digest, in the article about Stan Musial, the author said that he would have won the Triple Crown in 1948 if one of his homers hadn't been erased because of a rainout. Does that mean that all stats in rainouts are erased or has that changed since Musial's time?
Hitting for the cycle before the end of the fifth inning of a game destined for a rainout, his entire career hinges on a two-out fly ball to right.