dim-out

dim-out

[dim-out]
noun
1.
a reduction or concealment of night lighting in wartime to make the source less visible to an enemy from the air or sea.
2.
a reduction of night lighting caused by a failure in an electric generating system or a reduction in its output.
Also, dimout.
Compare blackout ( def 2 ), brownout.


Origin:
1940–45; dim + (black)out

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