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Adjective - the darkest colour owing to the absence of or complete absorption of light; the opposite of white.


Adverb - moving or appearing to move away from a particular place, especially one that is enclosed or hidden.

black + out


A blackout

Noun - the complete failure of an electric power to an area (aka power cut / power failure / power outage (AmE).

!Note - In wartime it describes the period when all lights must be turned off or covered to prevent them being seen by the enemy during an air raid.



The use of blackout

Example Sentence:-

"A full moon caused the biggest blackout ever." (From the Kitely writing challenge.)

!Note - If you write it as two words "black out" it becomes a verb and can mean to lose consiousness or to obliterate something with the colour black, as in crossing out words on a page or print on a screen.

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