Definitions for off-line

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


or off′line′

  1. operating independently of, or disconnected from, an associated computer.

    Category: Computers

    Ref: Compare online.

  2. (adv.)in or to a more private place:

    We should take this discussion off-line.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. off-line(adj)

    not on a regular route of a transportation system

    "an off-line ticket office"

  2. off-line(adj)

    not connected to a computer network

    "off-line resources"


  1. Online and offline

    The terms "online" and "offline" have specific meanings in regard to computer technology and telecommunications. Though common vernacular refers specifically to an Internet connection, the general definition of "online" simply indicates a state of connectivity, while "offline" indicates a disconnected state. The concepts have however been extended from their computing and telecommunication meanings into the area of human interaction and conversation, such that even offline can be used in contrast to the common usage of online. For example, discussions taking place during a business meeting are "online", while issues that do not concern all participants of the meeting should be "taken offline" — continued outside of the meeting.


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