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1 a suspension of radio or tv broadcasting
2 darkness resulting from the extinction of lights (as in a city invisible to enemy aircraft) [syn: brownout, dimout]
3 the failure of electric power for a general region
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]

User Contributed Dictionary

see black out



  1. Temporary loss of consciousness or memory
  2. A large-scale power failure, and resulting loss of electricity to consumers.
    • "The repairs at the Koeberg Power Station in the Western Cape were on schedule for completion in the third week of May. This follows huge blackouts related to the problems at the power supplier since November. Weekend Argus May 13/14 2006 p.5.
  3. The mandatory blinding of all light emanating from buildings as imposed during World War II.



Temporary loss of consciousness or memory
A large-scale power failure
  • Dutch: stroomstoring
  • Finnish: sähkökatkos, sähkökatko
  • Portuguese: blecaute, apagão
The mandatory blinding of all light
  • Dutch: verduistering
  • Portuguese: blecaute

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Extensive Definition

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blackout in German: Blackout (Begriffsklärung)
blackout in Spanish: Apagón
blackout in Estonian: Blackout
blackout in French: Blackout
blackout in Italian: Blackout
blackout in Dutch: Blackout
blackout in Japanese: ブラックアウト
blackout in Polish: Blackout
blackout in Simple English: Blackout
blackout in Russian: Blackout
blackout in Finnish: Blackout
blackout in Swedish: Blackout
blackout in Thai: แบล็กเอาต์

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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