from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A reduction or cutback in electric power, especially as a result of a shortage, a mechanical failure, or overuse by consumers.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- 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.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. darkness resulting from the extinction of lights (as in a city invisible to enemy aircraft)
brown + (black)out.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
brown + out (Wiktionary)