from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A cutoff of electrical power, especially as a result of a shortage, a mechanical failure, or overuse by consumers.
- n. The concealment or extinguishment of lights that might be visible to enemy aircraft during an air raid.
- n. 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.
- n. A short, comic vaudeville skit that ends with lights off.
- n. A temporary loss of memory or consciousness.
- n. A suppression, as of news, by censorship.
- n. Restriction or prohibition of telecasting a sports event in order to ensure ticket sales.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Temporary loss of consciousness or memory.
- n. A large-scale power failure, and resulting loss of electricity to consumers.
- n. The mandatory blocking of all light emanating from buildings as imposed during World War II.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a suspension of radio or tv broadcasting.
- n. any darkness resulting from the extinction of lights.
- n. the failure of electric power for a general region sufficient to extinguish all normal lighting.
- n. a momentary loss of consciousness.
- n. partial or total loss of memory.
- n. a period during which artificial lighting is forbidden, as in a city as a precaution against an air raid.
- n. the darkening of all stage lights, as at then end of a performance or between acts.
- n. suppression of information distribution.
- n. 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.
- intransitive v. to experience a temporary loss of consciousness, memory, or vision.
- transitive v. to cause to become black, such as a stage, a computer screen, or a city.
- transitive v. to impose a blackout on (news or a sports event).
- transitive v. to make (a written text) illegible by applying a black ink over it; to blot out.
- transitive v. to suppress (a memory).
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a momentary loss of consciousness
- n. the failure of electric power for a general region
- n. a suspension of radio or tv broadcasting
- n. partial or total loss of memory
- n. darkness resulting from the extinction of lights (as in a city invisible to enemy aircraft)
- v. darken completely
- v. lose consciousness due to a sudden trauma, for example
- v. obliterate or extinguish
- v. suppress by censorship as for political reasons
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This is what I call blackout behavior, and unfortunately ...
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.
Secondly, they have what they call a blackout period sometimes, when they change a fund manager, for example.
Once again anyone with the last name of Paul gets a blackout from the media and establishment Republicans!
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.
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.
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.
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 programming blackout is likely to provoke outcry from consumers, raising the potential of a public backlash against both companies that could be costly.
The result wouldn't be a short-term blackout of the sort we're familiar with but something more like Baghdad after the Iraq invasion.