Meaning of brownout

brown•out

Pronunciation: (broun'out"), [key]
— n.
  1. the elimination of some or reduction of all electric lights of a city, esp. as a precaution against attack in time of war.
  2. any curtailment of electric power, as by a severe storm.
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