on·line or on-line (ŏnlīn, 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?
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