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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.
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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.
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brown out

verb
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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.
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Connecting servers and critical computers to UPS (uninterruptible power supply) devices helps to protect against fluctuations in power (brown outs) and power surges, as well as preventing forced shutdown in the event of a power outage.
These conditions (brown outs) are usually caused by overload of the electrical infrastructure, either at the utility level or at the building level.
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"The people of Catanduanes looks forward to solving the perennial 12-hour brown outs and severe load sharing due to the unreliable and dwindling supply of power from other third party suppliers in the island.
If you are prone to "brown outs" because of high demand for electricity in the summer, unplug appliances to help reduce the risk of fire from power surges in the lines as demand decreases.