brownout

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Reduction in the voltage of commercially supplied power. It is caused either by the failure of generation, transmission, or distribution system, or deliberately by the power utility when demand exceeds supply. The consumer may or may not notice the difference.

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We were going through a brownout and everyone wondered what had happened, so I tried to explain it to them.
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Because of the incessant brownouts in the summer of '12, we required all of our California offices to purchase and put in service full building UPSes.
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You should probably have a generator on hand in case there ever is a brownout that could really slow things down.
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