brownout

(redirected from Brown-out)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Encyclopedia.

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.
Mentioned in ?
References in periodicals archive ?
This exclusive MLO interview with Mike Stout, VP of Engineering at Falcon Electric provides valuable insight into how to keep the lab operating even with "dirty power," brown-outs, and power outages.
* Backup preventing failure of critical operations due to power dips and brown-outs.
Today, we are living so close to the edge that there are rolling brown-outs in California and a simple emergency can bring down the power grid to vast regions of the country.
For systems that use more than two drives, the SuperSwap 1100 features a delayed spin-up switch that enables the user to stagger the time when the drives spin-up, eliminate induced brown-outs, and protect the system and storage hardware.
IBM is looking to cash in the infamous brown-outs that have brought the Sun-based eBay to a halt on more than one occasion.
NetPartners' Phil Trubey warns of "productivity brown-outs" as employees use the Web to catch up on their favorite sports team or to pursue a current hobby.
They affect the quality of the air and strain the resources of local utility companies, which in turn can cause brown-outs and force utilities to mobilize old, inefficient power-generating equipment.
When he assumed the Presidency, the country was bedeviled by brown-outs. (Before PFVR in Malacanang, the pundit Joe Guevara's Point of Order column in the 31 May 1992 Manila Bulletin issue bannered, 'Good news: 10-hour brown-outs!') But as promised, PFVR switched on the Christmas lights by December 1992.