or dim·out

  1. a reduction or concealment of night lighting in wartime to make the source less visible to an enemy from the air or sea.
  2. a reduction of night lighting caused by a failure in an electric generating system or a reduction in its output.

Origin of dim-out

First recorded in 1940–45; dim + (black)out
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Historical Examples of dim-out

  • Along the shore no lights were showing for the dim-out was rigidly enforced at Sunset Beach.

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