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power down

1. To cease functioning or operating by disconnecting from a power source. To avoid damaging the screen, these new LED televisions power down automatically after half an hour if they are not being used. The hackers were able to rewrite the security system's code so that it powered down without sending an alert or raising an alarm.
2. To cause something, especially a computer or computer system, to cease functioning or operating by prompting it to disconnect from a power source. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "power" and "down." Please be sure to power down your computer before you leave the office. It turns out that a technician powered the entire defense network down by mistake, leaving us wide open to cyber attacks for over an hour.
See also: down, power

power down

v.
1. To stop the operation of something, especially when a special process is required: The engineers powered down the generator to repair the wires. After we were finished with the computer, we powered it down.
2. To stop operating, especially when a special process is required: The computer powers down automatically if not used for four hours.
See also: down, power
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In terms of national characteristics, the report found that US employees were quite practical in their reasoning for powering down: 21 percent of those who ever power down do so for the proper functioning of their PC.
The optical method is less expensive, more reliable and makes it much easier to power down a tablet computer by closing a fabric or leather cover without the need to align an embedded magnet over a pickup sensor.
These new products allow customers to monitor and regulate a single voltage level on a board, thus giving designers the capability to orderly power up or power down their systems as well as save any critical parameter and system configuration data through use of the integrated memory.
The cable will transmit electricla power down to the observatory and carry back real-time information from the instruments.
Power IT Down Day encourages civilian agencies and military, and the industries that serve them, to power down their computers, printers, monitors and other peripherals at the end of the work day on August 27 in an effort to help the government reduce its energy consumption.
Drives are fully hot swappable with no need to power down the system.
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