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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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In just the first year of the war in Iraq, brownout mishaps cost the Army three fatalities, 29 non-fatal injuries, and $60 million in equipment damage, notes the Army Aviation Applied Technology Directorate.
Because the nominations are for the nationwide fall election of the president, this additional thirty-day brownout applies throughout the country.
The highly publicized brownouts of California lately have put a crimp in shopping, as many California retailers will attest.
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The brownout was temporarily lifted Monday as the out-of-control Station Fire burned closer to the city of Los Angeles.
It added, This deficiency has compelled ZAMSURECO II to implement manual load dropping and brownouts during hours of the day when power demand is at its peak, which leads to business and industry losses as well as inconvenience to consumers.
Connecticut's Department of Public Utility Control (DPUC) is calling for immediate measures to reduce the long-term risk of costly blackouts or brownouts in the state and to reduce the short-term risk of federally mandated rate hikes.
Many computer devices have UPS devices attached to them to temporarily protect against blackouts, brownouts, sags, spikes, surges, and EMI/RFI noise.
Those who do business in northern Queens neighborhoods are just a few days removed from a series of frustrating power outages and brownouts that hampered business and shut down several subway lines.
The REASSURANCE[TM] Emergency Power System from Medi-products will instantly and silently power non-life-supporting medical equipment during unexpected power outages or brownouts, providing back-up electricity until utility power is restored.