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brownout

Informatics
A slowdown or lapse in the processing of information on an intranet or the Web, which is linked to software errors, excessive traffic on transmission lines and overload or frank failure of Web servers.
 
Medspeak
See Physician brownout.

Public health
The intentional drop in voltage supplied by a power company to a regional electrical grid imposed to prevent a blackout, which may result in flickering of lights and other electrical devices. Most hospitals have backup power supplies that automatically start up when power is lost.
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One way to deal with the deteriorating grid is to purposely drop the voltage output across a wide area rather than instate rolling brownouts to specified areas.
In military operations, these treacherous brownout conditions often are to blame for costly mishaps.
Nevertheless, the reader should be conscious that in many areas the market brownouts will be longer or shorter on various radio stations.
Helicopter brownout occurs when a pilot loses visual references due to dust or sand re-circulating during take-off or landing, which is a major problem in arid desert terrain.
That would have allowed at least a one-month delay in the brownouts.
He expects that by 2010, the city will see a move from brownouts to blackouts.
The system is designed to protect against power brownouts, line noise or a kicked out wall plug without losing data.
The only guarantee is that if we don't take these steps, there will be more brownouts.
ConnectiCare will participate in a program that will help alleviate potential brownouts and blackouts to the region's overburdened electrical power grid.
REBNY President Steven Spinola said, "Conscientious energy conservation by apartment dwellers, especially at peak demand times, can help New York avoid power brownouts or blackouts, keep electric costs here competitive and improve local air quality.
VAN NUYS - The third day of a blazing heat wave struck Southern California again Monday, causing power levels to dip dangerously low, but stopping just short of forced rolling brownouts as residents ran their air conditioners and fans at full blast.
Consumers are demanding alternate means of producing electricity and back up systems that can be available when blackouts and brownouts occur.