American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A reduction or cutback in electric power, especially as a result of a shortage, a mechanical failure, or overuse by consumers.
- n. A period of low alternating current line voltage
- n. Temporary dimming of vision, usually with a brown hue and accompanied by loss of peripheral vision or tunnel vision.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. darkness resulting from the extinction of lights (as in a city invisible to enemy aircraft).
- n. a partial reduction in the amount of electric power available to customers in a region, such as by reduction of voltage or selective cutoff of certain customers; -- it occurs for example in summer when the demand for electricity for air-conditioning exceeds the supply, or when power to certain customers is cut off by a severe storm. It is contrasted with
blackout, which is the total loss of electrical power in a region.
- n. darkness resulting from the extinction of lights (as in a city invisible to enemy aircraft)
- brown + out (Wiktionary)
- brown + (black)out. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Both of those helicopters experiencing what are called brownout conditions, meaning the pilots couldn't see the ground because of all the dust flying in the air as they landed.”
“The helicopters landing in what are called brownout conditions, meaning the dust on the desert floor rises up and engulfs the helicopter.”
“A brownout is a small voltage reduction to conserve power, usually 2% to 8%.”
“We are told by one official that perhaps it was an accident caused by a problem called brownout, when the helicopter rotor blades kick up dust and debris.”
“A brownout is a service reduction, plain and simple," Bill Gault, president of Local 22, said Tuesday.”
“One of the most dangerous tasks a helicopter pilot faces is landing in what's known as brownout, in which blowing sand obliterates not only the horizon but the landing spot itself.”
“During those last 29 months the Journal-American and Mirror imposed a press "brownout" on McCarthy, occasionally mentioning him in news stories but almost never in columns and editorials.”
“For a City claiming to be so broke we have to "brownout" fire houses, lay off workers, and postpone police recruit classes, the City acts like it has a ton of money to throw away in one bad deal after another.”
“When you can't control City spending, won't stop corporate tax giveaways, and refuse to close tax loopholes, instead opting to "brownout" fire houses, it is only a matter of time before somebody's home or businesss burns down or somebody gets killed.”
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