or on-line, on line
- operating under the direct control of, or connected to, a main computer.
- connected by computer to one or more other computers or networks, as through a commercial electronic information service or the Internet.
- of or denoting a business that transmits electronic information over telecommunications lines: an online bookstore.
- available or operating on a computer or computer network: an online dictionary.
- by means of or using a computer: online shopping.
- Radio. (of a network) supplying affiliated stations with all or a substantial part of their programming.
- Television. of or relating to the final editing of a videotaped program.
- done or accomplished while in operation or active service: online maintenance.
- located on major routes or rail lines: online industries.
- with or through a computer, especially over a network.
Origin of online
First recorded in 1945–50
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Examples from the Web for online
Most of it is taken up by a graphic inviting the visitor to participate in the 2016 online presidential straw poll.Today’s GOP: Still Cool With Racist Pandering?
January 7, 2015
We did ThunderAnt stuff for ourselves and just put it online, and then it blossomed into something else.Coffee Talk with Fred Armisen: On ‘Portlandia,’ Meeting Obama, and Taylor Swift’s Greatness
January 7, 2015
These online communities are establishing familial bonds between strangers.‘We Out Here’: Inside the New Black Travel Movement
January 4, 2015
These days, plenty of women are turning to online sites for no-frills male companionship.Career-Minded Women Turn to Male Escorts For No-Strings Fun and (Maybe) Sex
January 3, 2015
Furthermore, checking online IP reputation services reveals that they have been used by malware operators in the past.No, North Korea Didn’t Hack Sony
December 24, 2014
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- of, relating to, or concerned with a peripheral device that is directly connected to and controlled by the central processing unit of a computer
- of or relating to the internetonline shopping
- occurring as part of, or involving, a continuous sequence of operations, such as a production line
- while connected to a computer or the internet
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Word Origin and History for online
in reference to computers, "directly connected to a peripheral device," 1950 (originally as on-line).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Connected to or accessible by means of a computer or computer network.
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