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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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The town of Paluan, Occidental Mindoro long suffered brownouts like these, prompting the local government to seek new choices for electricity.
Citing a report from the NGCP, Gatchalian said at least seven provinces along with 40 cities and towns have so far been affected by the rotating brownouts due to the forced and unplanned outages of five generators in Luzon.
Mindanao is currently suffering from power outages, with Cagayan de Oro experiencing brownouts that last up to four hours.
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.
By Moh I Sduddin/Manila In contrast to previous rotational brownout, power outages in Mindanao have worsened with daily brownout durations of eight to nine hours, particularly in Kidapawan City and North Cotabato province.
Can someone at Electricity and Water Authority please check our problem with the brownout in our area?
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.
Many computer devices have UPS devices attached to them to temporarily protect against blackouts, brownouts, sags, spikes, surges, and EMI/RFI noise.
Switching between supplies while they have not fully stabilized, or switching several loads into the same supply line causes momentary power overloads and brownouts, which leads to output regulation falling outside design limits.
While talk of "brownouts" may have died down since last summer, ripples from the collapse of Houston-based Enron Corp.
Also, a wide input automatic voltage stabiliser has been included which maintains a constant regular flow, negating mains voltage problems such as sags, surges and brownouts.