online service

Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Financial, Acronyms.
Related to online service: Online service provider

online service

(1) An organization that provides an information service over the Internet. Examples are search engines, cloud storage services and application service providers.

(2) An organization that provides access to the Internet. See ISP.

(3) An earlier organization that provided proprietary content online. Before the Internet was offered to the general public, online services such as AOL and CompuServe contained a unique mix of databases and resources available via dial-up modems. If email was provided, it could only be sent to members of the same service.

After the Internet became popular, all the proprietary services provided Web access to their content. Proprietary email systems were either switched to Internet mail protocols (SMTP) or their formats were routinely converted back and forth to the Internet format. The following online services predate the Internet explosion of the mid-1990s and are here for historical purposes. See portal.

America Online, Inc. (AOL)
Internet access, variety of databases

CompuServe Information Service, Inc.
Internet access, variety of databases

DataTimes Corporation
Newspapers, magazines, financial

DIALOG (ProQuest company)
Largest collection of databases

Dow Jones Interactive
Finance, daily news & news searching

Genie (now defunct)
Internet access, BBSs, roundtables

Legal and news information

National Library of Medicine
MEDLINE and MEDLARS databases

Prodigy (owned by SBC in 2001
merged into AT&T in 2005)
Internet access, variety of databases

Questel - Orbit
Patent, trademark, scientific, chemical,
business and news information

West Publishing/WESTLAW
(Thomson Reuters company)
Legal databases
Copyright © 1981-2019 by The Computer Language Company Inc. All Rights reserved. THIS DEFINITION IS FOR PERSONAL USE ONLY. All other reproduction is strictly prohibited without permission from the publisher.
References in periodicals archive ?
Al Mansouri said: "The online service system is based on automating processes and integrating procedures related to delivering services to the public.
Johan also said today that the so-called digital tax will first be imposed on business-to-business transactions for online services starting January 2019.
The only thing that's still a complete mystery about the Nintendo Switch Online service are the "special offers" included with a subscription.
The new online service is available now, visit to check it out.
We are always looking for new ways to enhance our customer's experience and we are sure that the new online service, in co-operation with RTA will speed up the mortgage release process".
Hyundai Motor India Ltd, a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Company (KSE: 005380), has launched an online service website.
The mutual's online service to advisers in the last 12 months also led to it being awarded Most Improved Lender of the last year.
Sectra's online service performs bone-density analysis using the patented technology Digital X-ray Radiogrammetry (DXR).
You can arrange for her to have it privately, either by seeing a private doctor or by using an online service such as Lloydspharmacy Online Doctor.
In this second major online service launched this year, clients are guided through the renewal process in five short steps.
Dubai, April 19, 2010: Dubai Trade, the innovative online service provider of Dubai World, reaffirmed its role as a frontline trade facilitator by recording over 7.3 million transactions made through its portal in 2009.
STRATFORD accountants Murphy Salisbury are reminding business owners that HM Revenue and Customs has updated its online service for VAT ahead of new rules which come into force in April.

Full browser ?