Backup generator

  A generator that is used only for test purposes, or in the event of an emergency, such as a shortage of power needed to meet customer load requirements.
  U.S. Dept. of Energy, Energy Information Administration's Energy Glossary

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  • backup — ack up, n. 1. anything kept in reserve to serve as a substitute in case of failure or unavailability of the normal or primary object; used for devices, plans, people, etc. Also used attributively; as, there was no backup for the electrical… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Backup (disambiguation) — The term backup has several meanings.* In reference to information technology: ** Backup The concepts behind backing up data to enable recovery from data loss. ** Backup software The software that performs this function. ** List of backup… …   Wikipedia

  • backup */ — UK [ˈbækʌp] / US [ˈbækˌʌp] noun Word forms backup : singular backup plural backups 1) [countable/uncountable] people or equipment that can be used when extra help is needed I ve got my mother as a backup in case the babysitter cancels. They… …   English dictionary

  • backup — /bak up /, n. 1. a person or thing that supports or reinforces another. 2. a musician or singer or group of musicians or singers accompanying a soloist: a singer with a three man backup that plays cello, bass, and guitar. 3. an overflow or… …   Universalium

  • backup — back|up [ˈbækʌp] n 1.) something that you can use to replace something that does not work or is lost ▪ Always have a backup plan. ▪ a backup generator 2.) a copy of a computer document, program etc, which is made in case the original becomes lost …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • backup — back|up [ bæk,ʌp ] noun * 1. ) count COMPUTING a copy of information on your computer that you make in case you lose the information: Remember to do regular backups. a backup copy 2. ) count or uncount people or equipment that can be used when… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • backup — [ˈbækʌp] noun 1) [C/U] people or equipment that can be used when extra help is needed The gang was armed, so the police called for backup.[/ex] a backup generator/crew[/ex] 2) [C] computing a copy of information on your computer that you make in… …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • backup — noun (C, U) 1 something or someone used to provide support and help when it is needed: Army units can only operate if they have sufficient backup. 2 backup plan/system/generator a plan or system that can be used if the main one does not work …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • Backup Energy System —   A reserve appliance; for example, a standby generator for a home or commercial building …   Energy terms

  • Diesel generator — A Cummins diesel generator of 500kVA in a tourist resort in Egypt …   Wikipedia

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