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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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FEEDING LEVELS ARE SCORED AS FOLLOWS: 0, NO FEEDING SIGNS; 1, SIGNS OF OLD FEEDING; 2, LOW DENSITIES, BUT INSECTS PRESENT; 3, INSECTS PRESENT, BUT PATCHY THROUGHOUT THE SITE; 4, FEEDING DAMAGE FREQUENT WITH HIGH MOTH PRESENCE; AND 5, EXTENSIVE FEEDING DAMAGE AND POPULATION EXPLOSIONS (BROWN OUTS).
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.