give off


Definition of give off 

transitive verb

1 : to send out as a branch

2 : emit gave off an unpleasant smell

intransitive verb

: to branch off

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Because the moon reflects light and does not give off any light of its own, when the moon, earth, and sun align, the earth disrupts and disperses the reflection of light on the surface of the moon, causing the visible change in hue. Southern Living, "July's Blood Moon Will Be the Longest Lunar Eclipse in 100 Years," 11 July 2018 The overall vibe given off by the initial trailer and poster that this was a throwback to the big-screen disaster movies of yore is made explicit in the retro posters shared by Johnson in the final weeks of the campaign. Chris Thilk, The Hollywood Reporter, "Dwayne Johnson's 'Skyscraper' Sells Itself as an Action Throwback," 13 July 2018 According to multiple do-it-yourself and electricians' message boards and blogs, a dryer giving off an electrical shock to the touch is a sign of a fairly common but potentially dangerous electrical issue. Matthew Martinez, star-telegram, "'Her babies' were trapped behind the dryer. She was electrocuted while rescuing them, police say," 10 July 2018 Additionally, both flavors are a little bit boozy, without giving off an overwhelmingly alcoholic taste. Olivia Harrison,, "This Summer's Biggest Boozy Trend Just Got Its Own Ice Cream Flavor," 10 July 2018 In 2007, China required some coal power plants to install Continuous Emissions Monitoring Systems (CEMS) to track pollutants given off by those stations. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "In China, coal rules cut sulfur emissions, but data manipulation is a concern," 25 June 2018 Second, oxygen must be available — after all, combustion is essentially an oxidation process that gives off heat and light. Andrew C. Scott, Time, "When Did Humans Discover Fire? The Answer Depends on What You Mean By 'Discover'," 1 June 2018 Otherwise, fit in same room as appliance or somewhere central (hallway, landing), at head height, at least one yard from furnace, fire, or heater and not directly above anything that gives off steam. The Editors Of House Beautiful, House Beautiful, "How to Install a Smoke Detector," 12 Feb. 2015 While in Paris, Emily Ratajkowski gave off a very luxe Studio 54 vibe in a glittering barely there silver top. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "The 13 Best Fashion Instagrams of the Week: Victoria Beckham Does “Country Chic,” Solange Nails the Mirror Selfie," 2 June 2018

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First Known Use of give off

1831, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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