Definition of blackout
1a : a turning off of the stage lighting to separate scenes in a play or end a play or skit; also : a skit that ends with a blackoutb : a period of darkness enforced as a precaution against air raidsc : a period of darkness (as in a city) caused by a failure of electrical power
2 : a transient dulling or loss of vision, consciousness, or memory an alcoholic blackout
4 : a usually temporary loss of a radio signal
5 : the prohibition or restriction of the telecasting of a sports event
6 : a time during which a special commercial offer (as of tickets) is not valid —usually used attributively blackout dates
Examples of blackout in a Sentence
the blackouts of World War II
She keeps flashlights and candles handy in case of a blackout.
He told his doctor he had been experiencing blackouts.
Recent Examples of blackout from the Web
Online: NBCSports.com, NHL.tv (subscription required, blackout restrictions may apply).
As the videos' views soared, the government’s response was to once again impose an internet blackout, banning almost two dozen 22 social networking sites including Facebook and WhatsApp.
The prices are good for travel between Nov. 5 and Jan. 7, excluding certain blackout dates.
First: The fares are good for travel between June 7 and August 30 (and blackout days fall over the Fourth of July—
Gaza’s 2 million people endure daily electricity cuts of 14 to 18 hours at a time and now face even longer blackouts because of an escalating power struggle between Palestinian governments.
The PUC didn’t warn of blackouts, but is calling on utility customers to turn off or unplug appliances, postpone using washing machines and taking other steps to conserve electricity during the eclipse.
Each ride begins with Rocket pulling the plug on the power to the Collector’s fortress, triggering a blackout that enables the Guardians’ escape.
Companies using excessive electricity during the energy crisis are usually the first to experience blackouts when resources run dry.
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First Known Use of blackout
BLACKOUT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of blackout for English Language Learners
: a period when lights are kept off or are hidden from view to guard against enemy airplane attack in a war
: a period when lights are off because of an electrical power failure
: a sudden and temporary loss of consciousness, vision, or memory
BLACKOUT Defined for Kids
Definition of blackout for Students
1 : a period of darkness enforced as a protection against enemy attack by airplanes during a war
2 : a period of darkness caused by power failure
3 : a temporary loss of vision or consciousness
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