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Offline vs. Online

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Offlineadjective

Of a system, currently not connected (generally electrically) to a larger network. For example, a power plant which is not connected to the grid, or a computer which is not connected to the Internet or to any other communications service.

‘I saved the web pages so I could read them later offline.’;

Onlineadjective

Describes a system which is connected (generally electrically) to a larger network.

Offlineadjective

(by extension) Happening in the physical world (the real world) as opposed to on the internet.

‘offline meetings’; ‘offline dating’;

Onlineadjective

Describes a generator or power plant which is connected to the grid.

Offlineadverb

While offline; with an offline system.

Onlineadjective

Describes a computer which is connected to the Internet or to some other communications service – i.e., not simply with the cable plugged in, but has established a connection to a larger network (e.g., by dialing up).

‘Is this modem online?’;

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Offlineadverb

Outside the current meeting, in a more private setting.

Onlineadjective

Available over, or delivered from, the Internet.

‘I prefer to read online newspapers.’;

Offlineverb

To take (a system, etc.) offline; to demote from an active or online state.

Onlineadjective

Connected to the Internet.

‘I'll be online tonight, so I'll be able to reply to your email.’;

Onlineadjective

Available on a computer system, even if not networked.

‘Press the F1 key to access the online help.’; ‘The program comes with an online manual.’;

Onlineadjective

Describes a system that is active, particularly building facilities (such as power) or a factory or power plant.

‘The power is online.’; ‘Once this factory comes online, it will double car production in our country!’;

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Onlineadverb

Describes actions performed over the Internet.

‘He works online.’;

Online

connected by a communications line to a computer. Opposite of off-line.

Online

being in progress now; ongoing; as, on-line editorial projects.

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