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A reduction or cutback in electric power, especially as a result of a shortage, a mechanical failure, or overuse by consumers.


1. (Electrical Engineering) a dimming or reduction in the use of electric lights in a city, esp to conserve electric power or as a defensive precaution in wartime
2. (Electrical Engineering) a temporary reduction in electrical power. Compare blackout3
3. (Computer Science) a temporary slowing down of the workings of the internet caused when too many users attempt to access it at the same time



any curtailment of electric power, esp. a voltage reduction to prevent a blackout.
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Noun1.brownout - darkness resulting from the extinction of lights (as in a city invisible to enemy aircraft)brownout - darkness resulting from the extinction of lights (as in a city invisible to enemy aircraft)
aircraft - a vehicle that can fly
dark, darkness - absence of light or illumination
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The Dodgers remained unable to rule out surgery as an option and several members of the organization said the best-case scenario would have Brown out for a month.
But I say that to you knowing that I don't want to see him get compromised or jeopardized, and I don't want to see our season get compromised or jeopardized because we're just going to send Kevin Brown out there to prove a point.
In late 2012, land managers once again began to report large larval feeding events, known as brown outs, in areas of Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, Jonathan Dickinson State Park, and Barley Barber Swamp Conservation Area (pers.