brownout

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noun brown·out \ˈbrau̇-ˌnau̇t\

Definition of brownout

  1. :  a period of reduced voltage of electricity caused especially by high demand and resulting in reduced illumination

Origin and Etymology of brownout

brown + blackout


First Known Use: 1942


BROWNOUT Defined for English Language Learners

brownout

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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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