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load-shedding

[lohd-shed-ing] /ˈloʊdˌʃɛd ɪŋ/
noun
1.
the deliberate shutdown of electric power in a part or parts of a power-distribution system, generally to prevent the failure of the entire system when the demand strains the capacity of the system.
Also, loadshedding.
Origin
1945-1950
1945-50
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load shedding

noun
1.
the act or practice of temporarily reducing the supply of electricity to an area to avoid overloading the generators
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