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offline

[awf-lahyn, of-] /ˈɔfˈlaɪn, ˈɒf-/
adjective
1.
Computers. operating independently of, or disconnected from, an associated computer.
2.
Radio. (of a network) not supplying affiliated stations with programming but allowing each station to program its own shows, usually within a specific format.
3.
Television. of or relating to the preliminary planning and editing of a videotaped program.
4.
located in or serving a place not on a regular route of a railroad, bus, or air carrier:
an offline ticket office.
adverb
5.
in or to a more private place:
We should take this discussion offline.
Also, off-line, off line.
Compare online.
Origin
1925-1930
1925-30
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British Dictionary definitions for off-line

offline

/ˈɒfˌlaɪn/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or concerned with a part of a computer system not connected to the central processing unit but controlled by a computer storage device See online
2.
disconnected from a computer; switched off
3.
extra to or not involving a continuous sequence of operations, such as a production line
4.
(radio, television) (of processes, such as editing) not carried out on the actual transmission medium
adverb
5.
while not connected to a computer or the internet
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Word Origin and History for off-line
adj.

1926, of railroads; 1950, of computers; from off (adv.) + line (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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off-line in Technology

jargon
(Or "offline")
1. Not directly connected to the computer (e.g., an off-line tape drive), or with connection suspended ("take the printer off-line").
Contrast background, on-line.
2. Not now or not here. "Let's take this discussion off-line." Specifically used on Usenet to suggest that a discussion be moved off a public newsgroup to e-mail.
See also off-line world.
[Jargon File]
(1996-02-02)

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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