- the extinguishing of all stage lights, as in closing a vaudeville skit or separating the scenes of a play.
- Also called blackout skit.a skit ending in a blackout.
- temporary loss of consciousness or vision: She suffered a blackout from the blow on the head.
- a period of total memory loss, as one induced by an accident or prolonged alcoholic drinking: The patient cannot account for the bizarre things he did during his blackout.
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A Blackout is quite effective—it's hard to hit what you can't see.
But Barney, the stick-man who'd felt my Blackout, caught on a lot quicker.
Well, he certainly wasn't much of a perceptive, or he would have been able to handle the Blackout himself.
My Blackout victim was reaching out, trying to find something he could use to raise himself to his feet.
I picked her up in my arms and carried her to the same sawdust-strewn private dining room where I'd given Barney the Blackout.
verb black out (adverb)
also black-out, 1908 in the theatrical sense of a darkened stage, from black + out. Figurative sense of "loss of memory" is 1934 (verb and noun); as a dousing of lights as an air raid precaution, it is recorded from 1935. Verbal phrase black out, in reference to printed or written matter deemed objectionable and covered in black ink, is attested from 1888.
The complete loss of electrical power in a particular area. Blackouts can result from a natural disaster, a manmade catastrophe, or simply from an excess of energy demand over supply. (Compare brownout.)