off-grid

adjective \ ˈȯf-ˈgrid \
variants: or off-the-grid play \ˈȯf-ṯẖə-ˈgrid\

Definition of off-grid

: not connected to or served by publicly or privately managed utilities (such as electricity, gas, or water)
  • When folks move to an off-grid, rural homestead, they often end up burning a lot of fossil fuels (and spending a lot of money) driving to and from town in an inefficient farm truck.
  • —Cam Mather
  • Four Harvard University students are bringing portable, sustainable power to off-grid areas in developing countries …
  • —Emily Aviles
  • It's hard to imagine a more inspiring space than this off-the-grid building (powered by nearby solar panels).
  • —Samuel Cochran
  • Traditionally, home schooling has been branded as a fringe activity—the domain of Bible-toting parents and off-the-grid hippies.
  • —Lynn Schnaiberg

off the grid

or less commonly off-the-grid or off-grid adverb
    • Not everyone can live off the grid. At least not yet. But until then, many of us are doing simple things to conserve energy, save money and help the environment.
    • —Paul Singley
    • I'm not taking about modern-day Thoreaus building shacks in the woods and living off-the-grid
    • —Paul McFedries
    • Right now people who live off-grid with PV panels on their roofs rely on ordinary batteries to get through the night.
    • —George Johnson

First Known Use of off-grid

1978

in the meaning defined above

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