Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A cutoff of electric power, especially as a result of a shortage, a mechanical failure, or overuse by consumers.
  • noun The concealment or extinguishment of lights that might be visible to enemy aircraft during an air raid.
  • noun The sudden extinguishment of all stage lights in a theater to indicate the passage of time or to mark the end of an act or scene.
  • noun A short, comic vaudeville skit that ends with lights off.
  • noun A temporary loss of memory or consciousness.
  • noun A suppression, as of news, by censorship.
  • noun A suppression of the broadcast of an event or program, as to support ticket sales at a local venue.
  • noun A suspension of a discounted price or free offer, as for an airline ticket or a lift ticket at a ski resort.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb to experience a temporary loss of consciousness, memory, or vision.
  • transitive verb to cause to become black, such as a stage, a computer screen, or a city.
  • transitive verb to impose a blackout on (news or a sports event).
  • transitive verb to make (a written text) illegible by applying a black ink over it; to blot out.
  • transitive verb to suppress (a memory).
  • noun a suspension of radio or tv broadcasting.
  • noun any darkness resulting from the extinction of lights.
  • noun the failure of electric power for a general region sufficient to extinguish all normal lighting.
  • noun a momentary loss of consciousness.
  • noun partial or total loss of memory.
  • noun a period during which artificial lighting is forbidden, as in a city as a precaution against an air raid.
  • noun (Theater) the darkening of all stage lights, as at then end of a performance or between acts.
  • noun suppression of information distribution.
  • noun the prohibition of the broadcasting of a sports event, such as a boxing match or football game, sometimes confined to one particular area. It is usually done to encourage sales of tickets to the event.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Temporary loss of consciousness or memory.
  • noun A large-scale power failure, and resulting loss of electricity to consumers.
  • noun The mandatory blocking of all light emanating from buildings as imposed during World War II.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb darken completely
  • verb lose consciousness due to a sudden trauma, for example
  • verb obliterate or extinguish
  • verb suppress by censorship as for political reasons
  • noun a momentary loss of consciousness
  • noun the failure of electric power for a general region
  • noun a suspension of radio or tv broadcasting
  • noun partial or total loss of memory
  • noun darkness resulting from the extinction of lights (as in a city invisible to enemy aircraft)

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Examples

  • This is what I call blackout behavior, and unfortunately ...

    CNN Transcript Nov 25, 2009

  • But before that, I think the government came out with another restriction, which they call blackout period 36 hours, that no, you know, politician would be allowed on television.

    CNN Transcript Feb 22, 2008

  • Secondly, they have what they call a blackout period sometimes, when they change a fund manager, for example.

    CNN Transcript Mar 1, 2002

  • Actually, from what we learned from Katrina, the great blackout from a few years ago, and other disasters, it is wise to have a "survival" kit with enough food, water, and light for a couple of weeks, some means of keeping warm and secure, and a radio (wind-up preferred).

    The End-of-the-World Survival Kit

  • Almaty has been cut off the electricity: dark streets, traffic lights not working, rain, accidents … The whole downtown was in blackout, most micro-districts also.

    Global Voices in English » Kazakhstan: Blackout in Almaty

  • I remembered Estebita and Piri dying in blackout cells, the victims of biological experimentation; Diosdado Aquit, Chino Tan, Eddy Molina and so many others murdered in the forced-labour fields, quarries and camps.

    Cuban hypocrisy « Anglican Samizdat

  • Once again anyone with the last name of Paul gets a blackout from the media and establishment Republicans!

    Pawlenty throws weight behind Senate, House candidates

  • Actually, from what we learned from Katrina, the great blackout from a few years ago, and other disasters, it is wise to have a "survival" kit with enough food, water, and light for a couple of weeks, some means of keeping warm and secure, and a radio (wind-up preferred).

    The End-of-the-World Survival Kit

  • I remembered Estebita and Piri dying in blackout cells, the victims of biological experimentation; Diosdado Aquit, Chino Tan, Eddy Molina and so many others murdered in the forced-labour fields, quarries and camps.

    2010 February « Anglican Samizdat

  • The information blackout is supposed to prevent us and the rest of the world from watching the dictator consolidate his one-man rule for the long term.

    Global Voices in English » Fiji: Bloggers debate media censorship

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