brown out


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Encyclopedia.

brown out

1. verb To weaken in electrical energy, typically resulting in dim lights. The construction currently underway in our building causes our lights to brown out all the time.
2. noun A period of reduced electrical energy typically accompanied by dim lights. In this usage, it is often spelled as one word ("brownout"). Thanks to the construction project currently underway in our building, we have brownouts all the time.
See also: brown, out

brown out

[for the electricity] to diminish in power and dim the lights, causing a brownout. (Something less than a blackout, when there is no power.) The power kept browning out. The lights started to brown out, and I thought maybe there was a power shortage.
See also: brown, out

brown out

verb
See also: brown, out

brown out

1. in. [for the electricity] to fade and dim down. (Something less than a blackout.) The power kept browning out.
2. and brown out n. a period of dimming or fading of the electricity. They keep building all these expensive power stations, and then we still have brown outs.
See also: brown, out
References in periodicals archive ?
Utilities also can implement Power Tree's technology by strategically placing the devices throughout the generation and transmission system, preventing brown outs and black outs during peak demand periods when the grid is most vulnerable.
Despite projected record demand levels, the company does not anticipate any brown outs in the Carolinas.
Reducing total energy cost by 50% would means billions of dollars in savings for consumers, businesses and industry as well as head off the brown outs across the heavily populated sections of the US projected to happen again in 2009.
00-plus per-gallon highs of a year ago and California's rolling brown outs are no longer in the daily news, the demand for clean, efficient, alternative energy systems continues to grow," said Mr.
Unfortunately, due to lost Internet/Network connections, system crashes, lock-ups, power failures, brown outs, and even normal software installation and operation, these files are left behind in error.
Exodus/Global Crossing has extensive security systems and backup electrical power to avoid the threat of rolling blackouts and summer brown outs.