or on-line, on line

[ on-lahyn, awn- ]


  1. operating under the direct control of, or connected to, a main computer.
  2. connected by computer to one or more other computers or networks, as through a commercial electronic information service or the internet.
  3. of or denoting a business that transmits electronic information over telecommunications lines:

    an online bookstore.

  4. available or operating on a computer or computer network:

    an online dictionary.

  5. by means of or using a computer:

    online shopping.

  6. Radio. (of a network) supplying affiliated stations with all or a substantial part of their programming.
  7. Television. of or relating to the final editing of a videotaped program.
  8. done or accomplished while in operation or active service:

    online maintenance.

  9. located on major routes or rail lines:

    online industries.


  1. with or through a computer, especially over a network.


/ ˈɒnˌlaɪn /


  1. of, relating to, or concerned with a peripheral device that is directly connected to and controlled by the central processing unit of a computer
  2. of or relating to the internet

    online shopping

  3. occurring as part of, or involving, a continuous sequence of operations, such as a production line


  1. while connected to a computer or the internet


/ ŏnlīn /

  1. Connected to or accessible by means of a computer or computer network.


  1. A term referring to locations on or use of the Internet . The term can be used to refer to a specific location or Web page (“Our sales catalogues can be found online at — ”) or to a personal activity (“I went online to find the information you wanted.”)

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Word History and Origins

Origin of online1

First recorded in 1915–20 (in sense “located on rail lines”); 1945–50 for other senses

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Example Sentences

At a time when every online expert is hunting for keywords, Google Trends can give you the edge.

A team of developers — including Willis, Syed and Ken Schwencke, the editor of ProPublica’s news applications team — moved quickly to create an online database that could be searched by readers.

The comments provoked an unprecedented reaction in Japan, with more than 146,000 people signing an online petition calling on him to step down.

PPC advertising is a core part of many brands’ online marketing efforts.

One of the tips could include having a family pool party and ordering fun pool accessories online.

Allegations of transphobia are not new in the world of gay online dating.

Spouting off against police online has become criminalized in recent weeks.

Most of it is taken up by a graphic inviting the visitor to participate in the 2016 online presidential straw poll.

We did ThunderAnt stuff for ourselves and just put it online, and then it blossomed into something else.

These online communities are establishing familial bonds between strangers.

Every time I put a book online for free, I get emails from readers who want to send me donations for the book.

Like all Harajuku Fun Madness clues, it had a physical, online and mental component.

The online component was a puzzle you had to solve, one that required you to research the answers to a bunch of obscure questions.

For a normal Internet surfer, a session online is probably about 95 percent cleartext, five percent ciphertext.

Ange found me online again and we IM-flirted until late at night again.





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