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brownout

[′brau̇n‚au̇t]
(electricity)
A restriction of electrical power usage during a power shortage, especially for advertising and display purposes.
An extinguishing of some of the lights in a city as a defensive measure against enemy bombardment.

brownout

1. To complete the application of a base-coat plaster.
2. The setting of base-coat plaster, which darkens, or browns, as it sets.
3. The dimming of lights as a consequence of a reduction of voltage furnished to a section of a city (or an entire city) by the electrical utility.

brownout

A lowering of AC power voltage for some period of time. Brownouts can be very harmful to electronic equipment if sustained for long periods. Brownouts can cause flickering or a dimming on screen, and the computer may experience intermittent problems as a result. See blackout.
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It hasn't however, helped during the hard drops in voltage, the brownouts that cause the fans to stop spinning and the LED lights to blink.
Brownout clouds start up to 100 feet above the ground for the heaviest helicopters with the greatest rotor downwash.
Because the nominations are for the nationwide fall election of the president, this additional thirty-day brownout applies throughout the country.
Rotational brownouts for each Distribution Utilities and Electric Cooperatives (DUEC) in Mindanao are averaging at one to five hours per feeder.
The brownouts are designed to help close a $39 million deficit in the LAFD's $521 million budget.
In Ilagan City, a transformer of the Baligatan power line blew up, causing a brownout.
From today through Monday, the brownouts include stations in Sherman Oaks, North Hollywood, Tarzana and the Mission Hills-San Fernando area, officials said.
Sana huwag mangyari yung rotational brownout sa araw ng halalan, he said.
Reason of brownout is to facilitate the replacement of wooden 15kV distribution line poles and upgrading of primary lines from Salapungan area to Balibago 2.
Let's say there is a brownout or a power outage," McGowan said.
Butuan City -- The power situation in Mindanao is seen to improve despite the dry spell as the rotational brownouts in some areas of Mindanao have been lifted.
The 64,000-SF office also includes a 20,000-SF "state-of-the-art" trading space and an electric and mechanical system capable of providing uninterrupted power and air conditioning service during any power shutdown or brownout.