One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Not controlled by or directly connected to a computer or external network.
- ‘Although this was the first ever online virus description database, offline versions had existed long before.’
- ‘System administrators have historically relied on offline archiving for data backup and storage.’
- ‘Additionally, it allowed salespeople to synchronize data on their laptops for offline access - a specific demand of the sales force.’
- ‘A final feature worth mentioning is the all-new inclusion of split-screen multiplayer for offline use.’
- ‘Some initiatives work within the Internet, whereas others use the Internet more directly to facilitate offline activities.’
adverbalso off line
1While not directly controlled by or connected to a computer or external network.
- ‘Once in a while while surfing, the browser will do the same thing - the dialog box will ask if I should connect or stay offline.’
- ‘All national schools were disconnected from the Internet the following day, with some remaining offline until the end of the week.’
- ‘It's our belief that people behave differently on the Internet than they do offline.’
- ‘E-mails went unsent and unanswered while the Internet was kept offline to protect the beleaguered system.’
- ‘Two more famous web sites were taken offline by their Internet service providers under orders from government authorities.’
- 1.1 With a delay between the production of data and its processing.
- ‘The process is conducted offline - taking down the production system until the batch update is completed - because it takes so long.’
- ‘The data files are then offline processed through the software to estimate the attitude parameters.’
- ‘The sheer volume processing offline was just not practical.’
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