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BLACKOUT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does blackout mean? 

BLACKOUT (noun)
  The noun BLACKOUT has 5 senses:

1. a suspension of radio or tv broadcasting
2. darkness resulting from the extinction of lights (as in a city invisible to enemy aircraft)
3. the failure of electric power for a general region
4. a momentary loss of consciousness
5. partial or total loss of memory

  Familiarity information: BLACKOUT used as a noun is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


BLACKOUT (noun)


Sense 1blackout [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A suspension of radio or tv broadcasting

Classified under:

Nouns denoting time and temporal relations

Hypernyms ("blackout" is a kind of...):

break; intermission; interruption; pause; suspension (a time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something)


Sense 2blackout [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

brownout; dimout; blackout

Hypernyms ("blackout" is a kind of...):

dark; darkness (absence of light or illumination)

Domain category:

aircraft (a vehicle that can fly)


Sense 3blackout [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The failure of electric power for a general region

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Hypernyms ("blackout" is a kind of...):

power failure; power outage (equipment failure resulting when the supply of power fails)


Sense 4blackout [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A momentary loss of consciousness

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Hypernyms ("blackout" is a kind of...):

unconsciousness (a state lacking normal awareness of the self or environment)


Sense 5blackout [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Partial or total loss of memory

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

amnesia; memory loss; blackout

Context example:

he has a total blackout for events of the evening

Hypernyms ("blackout" is a kind of...):

cognitive state; state of mind (the state of a person's cognitive processes)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "blackout"):

anterograde amnesia; posttraumatic amnesia (loss of memory for events immediately following a trauma; sometimes in effect for events during and for a long time following the trauma)

retrograde amnesia (loss of memory for events immediately preceding a trauma)

forgetfulness (tendency to forget)

selective amnesia (amnesia about particular events that is very convenient for the person who cannot remember)

transient global amnesia (memory disorder seen in middle aged and elderly persons; characterized by an episode of amnesia and bewilderment that lasts for several hours; person is otherwise alert and intellectually active)


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