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brown·out

 (broun′out′)
n.
A reduction or cutback in electric power, especially as a result of a shortage, a mechanical failure, or overuse by consumers.

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brownout

(ˈbraʊnˌaʊt)
n
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
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brown•out

(ˈbraʊnˌaʊt)

n.
any curtailment of electric power, esp. a voltage reduction to prevent a blackout.
[1940–45]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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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