or off-line, off line
- Computers. operating independently of, or disconnected from, an associated computer.
- Radio. (of a network) not supplying affiliated stations with programming but allowing each station to program its own shows, usually within a specific format.
- Television. of or relating to the preliminary planning and editing of a videotaped program.
- located in or serving a place not on a regular route of a railroad, bus, or air carrier: an offline ticket office.
- in or to a more private place: We should take this discussion offline.
Origin of offline
First recorded in 1925–30
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Examples from the Web for offline
On and offline, offenses ranged from awful Tinder messages to violent threats on Twitter to street stalking.10 Things That Made Us Want to Turn Off the Internet Forever in 2014
The Daily Beast
December 15, 2014
“Off-the-record conversations happen all the time in the offline world,” the company notes.Confide Is the Best Way to Keep Your Dastardly Deeds Hidden—For Now
January 17, 2014
But 2014 is the year to get offline and on the road to check out some of these kitty-centric locations.The Cat's Meow: Top 10 Destinations for Feline Fanatics
December 20, 2013
Maybe take it offline for a few days and try to test it some more and see if you can make the accuracy better.Send Me to Heaven App, Which Encourages Phone Throwing, Is a Buzzkill
August 8, 2013
If you have zero access to the internet, that is an offline device.PS 4 Beats Xbox One For Best New Video Game Console
June 13, 2013
My character was a swabbie on the pirate ship Zombie Charger, and he'd wound down while I'd been offline.Little Brother
Your friend here tells me your systems have been offline for more than a month.
Lil was upset—even through my bemused, offline haze, I could tell that.
- of, relating to, or concerned with a part of a computer system not connected to the central processing unit but controlled by a computer storage deviceSee online
- disconnected from a computer; switched off
- extra to or not involving a continuous sequence of operations, such as a production line
- radio television (of processes, such as editing) not carried out on the actual transmission medium
- while not connected to a computer or the internet
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