brown"outn. 1. darkness resulting from the extinction of lights (as in a city invisible to enemy aircraft).
Syn. -- blackout, dimout.
2. 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.
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