Definition of offline in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈôfˌlīn/


Not controlled by or directly connected to a computer or external network.
Example sentences
  • Some initiatives work within the Internet, whereas others use the Internet more directly to facilitate offline activities.
  • A final feature worth mentioning is the all-new inclusion of split-screen multiplayer for offline use.
  • Although this was the first ever online virus description database, offline versions had existed long before.


(also off line)
1While not directly controlled by or connected to a computer or external network.
Example sentences
  • Two more famous web sites were taken offline by their Internet service providers under orders from government authorities.
  • 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.
  • E-mails went unsent and unanswered while the Internet was kept offline to protect the beleaguered system.
1.1With a delay between the production of data and its processing.
Example sentences
  • The data files are then offline processed through the software to estimate the attitude parameters.
  • The process is conducted offline - taking down the production system until the batch update is completed - because it takes so long.
  • The sheer volume processing offline was just not practical.
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