Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Describes a system which is connected (generally electrically) to a larger network.
  • adj. Available over the Internet.
  • adj. connected to the Internet
  • adj. Available on a computer system, even if not networked.
  • adj. Describes a system that is active, particularly building facilities (such as power) or a factory or power plant.
  • adv. Describes actions performed over the Internet.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. connected by a communications line to a computer. Opposite of off-line.
  • adj. being in progress now; ongoing.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. on a regular route of a railroad or bus or airline system
  • adj. connected to a computer network or accessible by computer
  • adj. being in progress now
  • adj. being in progress now
  • adj. connected to a computer network or accessible by computer
  • adj. on a regular route of a railroad or bus or airline system

Etymologies

on +‎ line (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It's not available online (though it can be ordered online_, and it's in Spanish, but it warrants mention.

    GreenCine Daily

  • 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.

    Andy Plesser: Exclusive: YouTube's Tom Pickett and Lance Podell on YT's Fast Expanding Creator Network

  • 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.

    Forbes.com: News

  • Join the Lead Without a Title online movement www.robinsharma.com

    The Leader Who Had No Title

  • Keeping abreast of developments online is key in online marketing, news, shifts in online culture and understanding how to read basic web analytics.

    Six reasons NOT to try to be an online retailer

  • LUI: Steinunn is succeeding by promoting her label online and showing her clothes in Paris, Copenhagen, and New York, but she is staying true to her understated Nordic style.

    CNN Transcript Jun 13, 2009

  • Advertisers want to occupy the places people are, and with volume comes the problem of free-riding, which online translates as low CPMs.

    Why Traditional Advertising Formats Fail On The Web - Publishing 2.0

  • Letters from current members have more sway, so if you know people who are members you could tell them about this -- they can request the title online by clicking to CONTACT US link at the bottom of the home page and going to title request.

    Action Alert: Ask Netflix to carry "Invisible Ballots" DVD

  • While I'm quite sure I used the term online before that post, I don't care that much about priority to bother to search it out.

    Hullabaloo

  • Claiming a name online today is growing harder and harder as available URL's keep disappearing.

    Forbes.com: News

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  • online - referring to computers was used in Doug Englebert's "Mother of all Demos" 48 seconds in to clip17 "... you programmers are the ones who found use for working online as we're building up.. ."
    http://sloan.stanford.edu/MouseSite/1968Demo.html Dec 9, 1968

    July 12, 2013