- (literally of a ship, landmass, etc.) Within the area of the sea known as the offing; at a considerable distance from land, but visible from shore, often in reference to an approaching ship.
- They could see that the ship was waiting in the offing.
- There were several small islands in the offing.
- (idiomatic) Soon to come; likely to happen; in the foreseeable future; projected to occur; on the horizon; in the wind.
- (idiomatic) At a distance, but visible.