brown·​out | \ ˈbrau̇-ˌnau̇t How to pronounce brownout (audio) \

Definition of brownout

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

Examples of brownout in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web More than 100 San Diego firefighters are in isolation due to the coronavirus, prompting department leaders to put together an emergency brownout plan outlining which fire crews will be idled if staffing shortages demand it. Lyndsay Winkley, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Jan. 2022 As the field of burnout research expanded, subcategories proliferated: wear-out, brownout, frenetic burnout, underchallenged burnout. Clayton Dalton, The New Yorker, 9 Dec. 2021 Gensse also simulated an out-of-control flight in brownout conditions, resembling limited pilot visibility. Michael Verdon, Robb Report, 21 Nov. 2021 When Your Lights Go Out Ally suffered from a brownout, a drop in mental voltage when work stress steals your brain power, dimming you in the present moment. Bryan Robinson, Forbes, 19 Sep. 2021 In the same way that high-energy appliances will be disproportionately affected when voltage levels drop during a metropolitan brownout, even small reductions in mitochondrial function can have large effects on the brain, Wallace says. Diana Kwon, Scientific American, 18 June 2021 The film is arch, but no triumph, an airless exercise in mistrusting its audience, and all of it is accompanied by pummeling music that sounds like a Vangelis wannabe recorded during a brownout. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, 18 Feb. 2021 Three months prior to the end of the war in Europe, cities in the U.S. were under a brownout order in which shop windows were dark and theater marquees and outdoor advertising signs were turned off. Dawn Mitchell, Indianapolis Star, 8 May 2020 The Australian energy industry hopes having good market data and access to renewables storage will mean smoothing out events like, for example, black- or brownouts caused by high-cost, high-demand summer heat. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 10 Apr. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of brownout

1942, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for brownout

brown + blackout

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“Brownout.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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