off-line

off-line

[awf-lahyn, of-]
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 pertaining 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 off-line ticket office.
adverb
5.
in or to a more private place: We should take this discussion off-line.
Also, offline, off line.
Compare on-line.


Origin:
1925–30

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offline or off-line (ˈɒfˌlaɪn)
 
adj
1.  See online 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
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
 
adv
5.  while not connected to a computer or the internet
 
off-line or off-line
 
adj
 
adv

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Word Origin & History

off-line
1926, of railroads; 1950, of computers.
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Computing Dictionary

off-line definition

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)

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