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Blackout vs. Backout

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Blackoutnoun

A temporary loss of consciousness.

Backoutnoun

A reversal or undoing of tasks previously done (often in reverse order).

Blackoutnoun

A temporary loss of memory.

Backoutnoun

(aerospace) A reversed countdown (i.e. ascending numbers) in response to problems leading up to a launch.

Blackoutnoun

An instance of censorship, especially a temporary one.

‘the 2012 English Wikipedia blackout’;

Blackoutnoun

A large-scale power failure, and resulting loss of electricity to consumers.

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Blackoutnoun

(historical) The mandatory blocking of all light emanating from buildings as imposed during World War II.

Blackoutnoun

a suspension of radio or tv broadcasting.

Blackoutnoun

any darkness resulting from the extinction of lights.

Blackoutnoun

the failure of electric power for a general region sufficient to extinguish all normal lighting.

Blackoutnoun

a momentary loss of consciousness.

Blackoutnoun

partial or total loss of memory.

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Blackoutnoun

a period during which artificial lighting is forbidden, as in a city as a precaution against an air raid.

Blackoutnoun

the darkening of all stage lights, as at then end of a performance or between acts.

Blackoutnoun

suppression of information distribution; as, there was a blackout on news from the military for the first day of the Gulf War.

Blackoutnoun

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.

Blackoutnoun

a suspension of radio or tv broadcasting

Blackoutnoun

darkness resulting from the extinction of lights (as in a city invisible to enemy aircraft)

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Blackoutnoun

the failure of electric power for a general region

Blackoutnoun

a momentary loss of consciousness

Blackoutnoun

partial or total loss of memory;

‘he has a total blackout for events of the evening’;

Blackoutnoun

a period when all lights must be turned out or covered to prevent them being seen by the enemy during an air raid

‘she peered out through the blackout curtains’; ‘people found it difficult to travel in the blackout’;

Blackoutnoun

dark curtains put up in windows to cover lights during an air raid.

Blackoutnoun

a failure of an electrical power supply

‘due to a power blackout their hotel was in total darkness’;

Blackoutnoun

a moment in the theatre when the lights on stage are suddenly dimmed.

Blackoutnoun

a suppression of information, especially one imposed on the media by government

‘the total information blackout on the series of meetings’;

Blackoutnoun

a temporary loss of consciousness

‘she was suffering from blackouts’;

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