The definition of an offing is the furthest part of the sea that can be seen from shore, or a point faraway from shore.
An example of an offing is the line way off in the distance of the ocean you're able to see when standing on a beach.
- the distant part of the sea visible from the shore
- a position at a distance from the shore
Origin of offingfrom off
in the offing
- at some distance but in sight
- at some indefinite time in the future
The part of the sea visible from shore that is very distant or beyond anchoring ground.
- (nautical) The area of the sea in which a ship can be seen in the distance from land, excluding the parts nearest the shore, and beyond the anchoring ground.
- (nautical) The distance that a ship at sea keeps away from land, often because of navigational dangers, fog and other hazards; a position at a distance from shore.
- (figuratively) The foreseeable future. Chiefly in the phrase in the offing.
- Present participle of off.