- 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.
Origin of blackout
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH blackoutblackout , brownout
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How to use blackout in a sentence
Last year, when California’s utilities first began carrying out widespread blackouts like this, some homes and businesses were left in the dark for days.California faces widespread power cuts after weeks of destructive wildfires|kdunn6|September 8, 2020|Fortune
Home to over 12 million people, the region has suffered tremendously as a result—unemployment has spiked and over $1 billion in economic losses have been attributed to the blackout.
India has imposed hundreds of internet blackouts in different parts of the country over the past few years, including cutting off connectivity throughout the disputed state of Kashmir for six months.
In the past few years, India has imposed hundreds of internet blackouts in different parts of the country, sometimes just for hours, sometimes for months.
In Kashmir, the blackout meant that switching schools—and businesses to the internet—was a nonstarter.How India became the world’s leader in internet shutdowns|Katie McLean|August 19, 2020|MIT Technology Review
And so as Friday dawned, the Great CBS Blackout of 2013 entered its eighth day.
The Great Blackout of 2011 gridlocked traffic, closed schools and canceled flights.
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.
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.
British Dictionary definitions for blackout
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Cultural definitions for blackout
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.)
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Other Idioms and Phrases with blackout
Obliterate with black, as in crossing out words on a page or print on a screen. For example, They have blacked out all the obscene words in the subtitles to make this movie suitable for youngsters. This usage may be derived from an earlier meaning, “to stain or defame,” which dates from the 15th century (and probably alludes to “blackening” a person's reputation). [Mid-1800s]
Extinguish all lights. For example, The whole town was asleep, as blacked out as London during the war. In the early 1900s this expression alluded to the lights in a theater, but from about 1940 on it meant darkening an entire city to hide it from enemy bombers.
Lose consciousness, faint; also, experience a temporary loss of memory. For example, I couldn't remember a single note of the music; I blacked out completely, or The accused man claims he blacked out after his first drink. This usage is thought to have originated with pilots, who sometimes fainted briefly when pulling out of a power dive. It soon was transferred to other losses of consciousness or memory. [c. 1940]