off the grid

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English[edit]

Adjective[edit]

off the grid

  1. (of a home, business, or the occupants thereof) Not using electricity from the public electrical supply system.
  2. Not connected to a publicly available communication system, such as the world-wide web or a mobile telephone network.
    • 2009, J. Gale Morrison, We Were the Zonks!, ISBN 9781608441396, p. 263:
      He has no desire to be found. His place was off the grid. The cabin had no television, phone, or computer.
  3. (idiomatic) Isolated; in a remote location; in seclusion; not participating in some official process or system.
    • 2008 May 4, Julia Chaplin, "Riding the Waves of Peru," New York Times (retrieved 6 Dec 2011):
      The beach looked like a small swatch of an industrial wasteland. . . . He had promised me a crowd-free break that was off the grid, and here it was.
    • 2011, James Knapp, Element Zero, Penguin, ISBN 9780451463920, online edition:
      They were off the grid—no IDs, no homes, no names, nothing.

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Adverb[edit]

off the grid

  1. In or into a situation or place in which electricity from the public electricity system is not used.
    • 2010 March 11, Reihan Salam, "The Dropout Economy," Time:
      Imagine a future in which millions of families live off the grid, powering their homes and vehicles with dirt-cheap portable fuel cells.
    • 2011 July 22, Patrick McGeehan, "Energy Use Soars in City Under Grip of Scorcher," New York Times (retrieved 6 Dec 2011):
      Those city properties did not go completely off the grid, but they sharply reduced the amount of power they drew from it, he said.
  2. (idiomatic) In or into a clandestine or isolated situation or place, especially one in which public communication is curtailed.
  3. (idiomatic) Secretly; in a clandestine manner.
    • 2011 Feb. 17, Larry Rohter, "Indie Films From a Land Short on Independence," New York Times (retrieved 6 Dec 2011):
      “You have to have an awful lot of energy and passion to make films with no funding and no prospect of having them seen in public in your home country except under the radar and off the grid,” said Sally Berger, the curator of the festival, who visited China last fall.