always-on

adjective

al·​ways-on ˈȯl-wēz-ˈȯn How to pronounce always-on (audio)
-ˈän,
-wəz-,
-(ˌ)wāz-,
 also  ˈȯ-
: always active, operating, or powered
an always-on Internet connection
When a power shortage occurs and electricity costs rise, the always-on devices scattered throughout … your facility consume increasingly expensive power.Gilbert Held

Examples of always-on in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The always-on gadgets that were supposed to make my life easier, more fun, and more productive, now often disrupt my sleep, ruin any semblance of work-life balance, and wipe out my self-esteem. Jennifer Jolly, USA TODAY, 16 Apr. 2024 The revamped Disney Plus app could soon feature always-on channels dedicated to Star Wars and Marvel shows, according to a report from The Information. Emma Roth, The Verge, 15 Apr. 2024 In comparison, the Fitbit Charge 6 promises up to a week of battery life on a charge, but drained in just three days with the always-on display enabled in testing. PCMAG, 10 Apr. 2024 These chipsets leverage Qualcomm's expertise in mobile technology to deliver always-on connectivity and extended battery life, which is essential for today's mobile workforce. Tim Bajarin, Forbes, 27 Mar. 2024 With so much content vying for our attention and providing a constant soundtrack to our always-on lives, opportunities to sit quietly with ourselves are rare. Tasha Kleeman, Condé Nast Traveler, 5 Mar. 2024 However, if the iPhone in question is an iPhone 14 Pro, Pro Max or iPhone 15 Pro or Pro Max, that always-on display really delivers, keeping the screen on indefinitely. David Phelan, Forbes, 27 Feb. 2024 The 100-hour estimate is for regular use in smart mode, which is defined as having the always-on display turned off and 30 minutes of recorded GPS activity. Victoria Song, The Verge, 26 Feb. 2024 Plus, the wearable sports the same large, always-on display as the Series 9. Sheena Vasani, The Verge, 21 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1976, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of always-on was in 1976

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“Always-on.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/always-on. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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