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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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That's why we, at the ERC, are acting with dispatch to avert load shedding or brown outs,' ERC chairperson Agnes Devanadera said.
It is a very positive development consideridering the unjust rotating brown outs being suffered by the area.
"The link has really put an end to 'brown outs' or blackouts.
"Normally we can experience brown outs during summer or when power producers fail to produce the needed power requirements due to malfunctioned power plants or there is a shortage of water to rotate the turbine in the case of hydro power plants," he said.
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.
Unfortunately, it was not the same story for friends who live and work in Limassol and who continued to deal with brown outs and blackouts
No power cuts are expected on Tuesday, with electricity demand at manageable levels, ever since a munitions blast on July 11 destroyed the island's main power station and plunged the island into darkness with regular blackouts and brown outs. The Director of the Transmission System Operator (TSO), Christos Christodoulides told the CNA that power cuts are not likely to happen, as was the case in the past three days, provided that no unpredicted breakdowns occur and weather temperatures remain moderate.
"If we do not start looking closely at our data centers now, 70% of the world's data centers will have tangible system disruptions by 2011 and the systems will experience world-wide brown outs over the course of the next five years."<p>Data centers alone account for 2.5% of the world's energy use, which is expected to grow by an astonishing 12% a year, placing even more unnecessary strain on the power grid.
This can be an issue when power hungry buildings such as data centres want to draw from a grid that is already under strain, leading to black and brown outs. Also, with people becoming more environmentally aware, it is more difficult to obtain power from green sources when you are based in London.
In the meantime, the threat of black outs and brown outs can be minimized by taking advantage of utility load reduction programs that provide cash incentives for customers to reduce energy consumption.
Depending on the construction phases of prospective projects, it will take probably another two more summers of possible brown outs before Ontario has enough generation capacity.
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.
As the golden state turns to bronze, amber and brown outs, we naturally worry about the spill-over effects.