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Online vs Remote - What's the difference?

online | remote |

As adjectives the difference between online and remote

is that online is describes a system which is connected (generally electrically) to a larger network while remote is at a distance; disconnected.

As an adverb online

is describes actions performed over the internet.

As a noun remote is

short for remote control.

As a verb remote is

(computing) to connect to a computer from a remote location.



(wikipedia online)

Alternative forms

* on-line


(en adjective)
  • Describes a system which is connected (generally electrically) to a larger network.
  • # Describes a generator or power plant which is connected to the grid.
  • # Describes a computer which is connected to the Internet or to some other communications service – i.e., not simply with the cable plugged in, but has established a connection to a larger network (e.g., by dialing up).
  • Available over, or delivered from, the Internet.
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  • Connected to the Internet.
  • Available on a computer system, even if not networked.
  • Describes a system that is active, particularly building facilities (such as power) or a factory or power plant.
  • Antonyms

    * (connected to larger network) offline * (available on a computer system) hardcopy

    Derived terms

    * massive open online course (MOOC)


    (en adverb)
  • Describes actions performed over the Internet.
  • He works online .

    See also

    * come online


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  • At a distance; disconnected.
  • A remote operator may control the vehicle with a wireless handset.
  • Distant or otherwise inaccessible.
  • After his fall from the emperor's favor, the general was posted to a remote outpost.
  • Unlikely.
  • There was only a remote possibility that we would be rescued as we were far outside of the regular shipping lanes.
  • Emotionally detached.
  • After her mother's death, my friend grew remote for a time while she dealt with her grief.


    * (at a distance ): disconnected, hands-free, wireless * (distant or otherwise inaccessible ): far, hidden, outlying * (unlikely ): abysmal, faint, improbable, poor * (emotionally detached ): aloof, dispassionate, distant, removed, withdrawn


    * (at a distance ): attached, connected, contiguous, direct * (distant or otherwise inaccessible ): close, near, proximate * (unlikely ): likely, probable, reasonable, sure * (emotionally detached ): companionable, intimate, involved, passionate

    Derived terms

    * remote control * remoteness * remote surgery


    (en noun)
  • Short for remote control.
  • I hate it when my uncle comes over to visit; he always sits in the best chair and hogs the remote .
  • (broadcasting) An element of broadcast programming originating away from the station's or show's control room.
  • Synonyms

    * (remote control) clicker


  • (computing) To connect to a computer from a remote location.
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  • Anagrams

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