Online definition

ŏnlīn, ôn-
Available on or done through the Internet or some other computer network.
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Connected to and ready to receive data from or transmit data to a computer or computer network.
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On or by means of the Internet or some other computer network.
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Designating or of equipment directly controlled by the central processing unit of a computer.
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The definition of online is connected to or ready to send or receive data with a computer network.

An example of online used as an adjective is in the phrase "online computer," which means a computer that is connected to the Internet.

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Connected to the Internet.

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

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Online is defined as on or via a computer network.

An example of online used as an adverb is in the phrase "online chat," which means chatting done over a network.

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Connected to a central computer or to a computer network.

The workers' terminals are online during business hours.

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Connected to or accessible by means of a computer or computer network.
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In production or operation, often as part of a supply chain.

Is the new factory online yet?

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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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Accessible via a computer or computer network.

An online database.

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Conducted or facilitated by means of a computer network.

Online dating.

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Describes a system which is connected (generally electrically) to a larger network.
  • Describes a generator or power plant which is connected to the grid.
  • 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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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.

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Available over, or delivered from, the Internet.

I prefer to read the online newspapers.

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Describes actions performed over the Internet.

He works online.

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Origin of online