Definition of brownout
: a period of reduced voltage of electricity caused especially by high demand and resulting in reduced illumination
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Less than two months into his presidency, in the midst of an energy crisis that produced rolling brownouts in California, Vice President Dick Cheney managed an end-around to reverse that pledge and formally abandon Kyoto.
The safety forces proposed postponing recruit classes, which could mean slower response times and a return to fire department brownouts.
Widespread blackouts and rolling brownouts in 2000 and 2001 did little to inspire confidence in this part of the country.
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Origin and Etymology of brownout
brown + blackout
First Known Use: 1942See Words from the same year
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Definition of brownout for English Language Learners
: a period when the amount of electricity in an area is reduced because there is not enough for everyone who needs it
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