black out


black out
black out (something) 1. to stop delivering or receiving electricity.

The power failure blacked out all of northern Illinois.

2. to keep from being broadcast or printed.

Tonight's game has been blacked out on local television so you have to buy tickets to see it.

The local papers blacked out news of the disaster.

Etymology: based on the literal meaning of black something out (= to keep something from being seen by covering it with black)

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  • black-out — [ blakaut ] n. m. inv. • 1941; angl. black « noir » et out « complètement » 1 ♦ Obscurité totale commandée par la défense passive. « ayant soin aussitôt de fermer volets et rideaux pour le “black out” » (A. Gide). 2 ♦ (1967) Fig. Silence gardé… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • black out — {v.} 1. To darken by putting out or dimming lights, * /In some plays the stage is blacked out for a short time and the actors speak in darkness./ * /In wartime, cities are blacked out to protect against bombing from planes./ 2. To prevent or… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • black out — {v.} 1. To darken by putting out or dimming lights, * /In some plays the stage is blacked out for a short time and the actors speak in darkness./ * /In wartime, cities are blacked out to protect against bombing from planes./ 2. To prevent or… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • black out — loc.s.m.inv. ES ingl. {{wmetafile0}} 1. improvvisa e inattesa interruzione dell erogazione di energia elettrica 2a. estens., sospensione totale di un servizio pubblico, spec. nell ambito delle telecomunicazioni: black out delle trasmissioni… …   Dizionario italiano

  • black out — [v1] delete; cover batten, conceal, cover up, cross out, cut off, darken, eclipse, eradicate, erase, hold back, make dark, obfuscate, rub out, shade, squash, squelch; concept 250 Ant. add, pencil in, uncover black out [v2] faint collapse, crap… …   New thesaurus

  • black out — lack out v. t. 1. to cause to become black, such as a stage, a computer screen, or a city. [PJC] 2. to impose a blackout on (news or a sports event). [PJC] 3. to make (a written text) illegible by applying a black ink over it; to blot out. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Black Out — bezeichnet Black Out (Roman), einen 2011 erschienen Roman von Andreas Eschbach einen Aussetzer, das plötzliche völlige Versagen eines Zustandes Black out – Anatomie einer Leidenschaft, ein Film von 1980 Di …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Black-out — Black out, Black·out [ blɛk|aut; blɛk |aut] der / das; (s), s; eine plötzlich auftretende, meist kurze Bewusstseinsstörung <einen Black out haben> …   Langenscheidt Großwörterbuch Deutsch als Fremdsprache

  • black-out — / blækaʊt/, it. /blɛ kaut/ locuz. ingl. [propr. oscuramento , comp. di black nero e out fuori ], usata in ital. come s.m. 1. [interruzione dell energia elettrica] ▶◀ buio, oscuramento. 2. a. (estens.) [l interrompersi di un servizio pubblico o di …   Enciclopedia Italiana

  • black out — ( )blak au̇t vi to undergo a temporary loss of vision, consciousness, or memory (as from temporary impairment of cerebral circulation, retinal anoxia, a traumatic emotional blow, or an alcoholic binge) compare GRAY OUT, RED OUT vt to cause to… …   Medical dictionary