from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Connected to a central computer or to a computer network.
  • adjective Accessible via a computer or computer network.
  • adjective Conducted or facilitated by means of a computer network.
  • adjective In production or operation, often as part of a supply chain.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective (Computers) connected by a communications line to a computer. Opposite of off-line.
  • adjective colloq. being in progress now; ongoing.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Describes a system which is connected (generally electrically) to a larger network.
  • adjective Available over the Internet.
  • adjective connected to the Internet
  • adjective Available on a computer system, even if not networked.
  • adjective Describes a system that is active, particularly building facilities (such as power) or a factory or power plant.
  • adverb Describes actions performed over the Internet.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective on a regular route of a railroad or bus or airline system
  • adjective connected to a computer network or accessible by computer
  • adjective being in progress now
  • adjective being in progress now
  • adjective connected to a computer network or accessible by computer
  • adjective on a regular route of a railroad or bus or airline system


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

on +‎ line


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  • online - referring to computers was used in Doug Englebert's "Mother of all Demos" 48 seconds in to clip17 "... you programmers are the ones who found use for working online as we're building up.. ." Dec 9, 1968

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