blackoutn. 1. a suspension of radio or tv broadcasting.
2. any darkness resulting from the extinction of lights.
3. the failure of electric power for a general region sufficient to extinguish all normal lighting.
Syn. -- brownout, dimout.
4. a momentary loss of consciousness.
5. partial or total loss of memory. he has a total
blackout for events of the evening
Syn. -- amnesia, memory loss.
6. a period during which artificial lighting is forbidden, as in a city as a precaution against an air raid.
(Theater) the darkening of all stage lights, as at then end of a performance or between acts.
8. suppression of information distribution; as, there was a
blackout on news from the military for the first day of the Gulf War.
9. 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.
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