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Definition of "online" []

  • Under the control of a central computer, as in a manufacturing process or an experiment. (adjective)
  • Connected to a computer or computer network. (adjective)
  • Accessible via a computer or computer network: an online database. (adjective)
  • In progress; ongoing: online editorial projects. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "online" in a sentence
  • "It's not available online (though it can be ordered online_, and it's in Spanish, but it warrants mention."
  • "Pickett says that some ten percent of video views are now seen on mobile devices -- and the move to connected TV's is making the term "online video" less germane as videos appear on multiple platforms."
  • "For purposes of this argument, I'm using the term "online economy" fairly broadly, to cover all types of computing that invokes services from someone else' servers, including cloud computing, e-commerce, Internet computing, and social networking."