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or on-line  (ŏn′līn′, ôn′-)
a. Connected to a central computer or to a computer network: The workers' terminals are online during business hours.
b. Accessible via a computer or computer network: an online database.
c. Conducted or facilitated by means of a computer network: online dating.
2. In production or operation, often as part of a supply chain: Is the new factory online yet?

on′line′ adv.


or on′-line′,

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 designating 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. with or through a computer, esp. over a network.
Compare off-line.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.on-line - on a regular route of a railroad or bus or airline system; "on-line industries"
shipping, transport, transportation - the commercial enterprise of moving goods and materials
off-line - not on a regular route of a transportation system; "an off-line ticket office"
2.on-line - connected to a computer network or accessible by computer; "an on-line database"
computer science, computing - the branch of engineering science that studies (with the aid of computers) computable processes and structures
off-line - not connected to a computer network; "off-line resources"
3.on-line - being in progress now; "on-line editorial projects"
current - occurring in or belonging to the present time; "current events"; "the current topic"; "current negotiations"; "current psychoanalytic theories"; "the ship's current position"


A. ADJ (Comput) → on-line, en línea; (= switched on) → conectado
B. ADVon-line, en línea


adj attr (Comput) → Online-; on-line databaseOnlinedatenbank f; on-line datingKennenlernen ntübers Internet; on-line helpOnline-Hilfe f; on-line modeOnlinebetrieb m; on-line service provider (Internet) → Onlinedienst m; on-line shoppingEinkaufen ntübers Internet
(Comput) → online; to go on-line (user)online gehen; (computer also) auf Onlinebetrieb gehen to order on-lineonline bestellen
(Ind) to go on-line (factory etc)in Betrieb gehen, den Betrieb aufnehmen


[ˈɒnˌlɑɪn] adj (Comput) → on line inv, in linea; (switched on) → acceso/a



(ˈonlain) adjective
controlled directly by a central computer so that the information received is always up-to-date.
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