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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.
That's why we, at the ERC, are acting with dispatch to avert load shedding or brown outs,' ERC chairperson Agnes Devanadera said.