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noun off·set \ˈȯf-ˌset\

Definition of offset

  1. 1a archaic :  outset, startb :  cessation <rapid regular beating of the heart … characterized by sudden onset and sudden offset — H. J. Stewart>

  2. 2a (1) :  a short prostrate (see 1prostrate 3) lateral shoot arising from the base of a plant (2) :  a small bulb arising from the base of another bulbb :  a lateral or collateral (see 1collateral 2) branch (as of a family or race) :  offshootc :  a spur (see 1spur 4a) from a range of hills

  3. 3a :  a horizontal ledge on the face of a wall formed by a diminution of its thickness aboveb :  displacementc :  an abrupt change in the dimension or profile of an object (as a bowl) or the part set off by such change

  4. 4 :  something that sets off to advantage or embellishes something else :  foil <The clown was a humorous offset in the play.>

  5. 5 :  an abrupt bend in an object (as a pipe or a rod) by which one part is turned aside out of line

  6. 6 :  something that serves to counterbalance or to compensate for something else <demands conspicuous offsets to the enemy's successes>; especially :  either of two balancing ledger items

  7. 7a :  unintentional transfer of ink (as from a freshly printed sheet)b :  a printing process in which an inked impression from a plate is first made on a rubber-blanketed cylinder and then transferred to the paper being printed

offset

adjective or adverb

Examples of offset in a sentence

  1. <a better performance this time will be an offset to last year's dismal showing>

  2. <symptoms that were striking for their abrupt onset and their equally abrupt offset>

Circa 1555

First Known Use of offset

circa 1555

Other Architecture Terms


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verb off·set \ˈȯf-ˌset, vt senses are also ȯf-ˈset\

Definition of offset

offset

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offsetting

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to place over against something :  balance <credits offset debits>b :  to serve as a counterbalance for :  compensate <his speed offset his opponent's greater weight>

  3. 2 :  to form an offset in <offset a wall>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to become marked by offset

Examples of offset in a sentence

  1. Gains in one area offset losses in another.

  2. The limited storage space in the house is offset by the large garage.

1673

First Known Use of offset

1673


OFFSET Defined for English Language Learners


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verb off·set \ˈȯf-ˌset, vt senses are also ȯf-ˈset\

Definition of offset for English Language Learners

  • : to cancel or reduce the effect of (something) : to create an equal balance between two things


OFFSET Defined for Kids

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verb off·set \ˈȯf-ˌset\

Definition of offset for Students

offset

offsetting

  1. :  to make up for <Gains in one state offset losses in another.>


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noun off·set \ˈȯf-ˌset\

Legal Definition of offset

  1. :  a claim or amount that reduces or balances another claim or amount :  set-off <the creditor's own debt was an offset>; also :  the reduction or balance achieved by such a claim


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transitive verb off·set \ˌȯf-ˈset\

Legal Definition of offset

  1. :  to balance, reduce, or calculate by reference to another amount <offset the debt against a credit>



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