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on-line

[′ȯn‚līn]
(computer science)
Pertaining to equipment capable of interacting with a computer.
(electronics)
The state in which a piece of equipment or a subsystem is connected and powered to deliver its proper output to the system.

on-line

(jargon)
1. Ready for use. E.g. "The graph plotter's fixed and on-line again".

2. Interactive as opposed to batch. Accessible via a computer (or terminal), rather than on paper or other medium.

3. Of a user, actively using a computer system, especially the Internet. E.g "I haven't been on-line for three days."

"On-line" should be hyphenated because it is compounded from two words but the hyphen is often omitted in names of organisations or services.
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Tully, "The Present and Future Use of the Internet by Law Enforcement-Part One," National Executive Institute Associates Research Projects On-line, June 2000; www.
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When I went on-line it was the first time in my life I was popular.
It also includes on-line forums, where users can swap processing problems and solutions.
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With this vision - not to mention demographic research and a series of clever interactive demonstrations - Rielly enticed the big-money investors to back his gay on-line revolution.
Students and tutors can pour themselves `cybercoffee,' and one tutor started his session by hosting an on-line, imaginary picnic.
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