An example of an offset is coconut milk which can be added to a curry dish to minimize the spicy taste.
- something that is set off, or has sprung or developed, from something else; offshoot; extension; branch; spur
- anything that balances, counteracts, or compensates for something else; compensation
- Rare outset
- Archit. a ledge or recess formed in a wall by a reduction in its thickness above
- Bot. a side shoot that takes root and starts a new plant
- Elec. a branch off a main power line
- Mech. a curve or bend in a metal bar, pipe, etc. to permit it to pass an obstruction
- offset printing
- an impression made by this process
- an ink smudge transferred from a freshly printed sheet to the one next to it
- Surveying a short distance measured at right angles from the main line to help in computing the area of an irregular plot of ground
- of, relating to, or being an offset
- that is offset, off center, or at an angle
transitive verb-·set′, -·set′ting
- to balance, complement, counteract, compensate for, etc.
- to make an offset in
- to make (an impression) by offset printing
- to smudge with an offset
- to come out or develop as an offset
- Printing to make an offset
- An agent, element, or thing that balances, counteracts, or compensates for something else.
- One thing set off or developed from something else.
- The start or initial stage; the outset.
- Architecture A ledge or recess in a wall formed by a reduction in thickness above; a setoff.
- Botany A shoot that develops laterally at the base of a plant, often rooting to form a new plant.
- Geology A spur of a mountain range or hills.
- A bend in a pipe, bar, or other straight continuous piece made to allow it to pass around an obstruction.
- A short distance measured perpendicularly from the main line in surveying, used to help in calculating the area of an irregular plot.
- A descendant of a race or family; an offshoot.
- Printing a. An unintentional or faulty transfer of wet ink from a printed sheet to another surface in contact with it. Also called setoff .b. Offset printing.
verboff·set, off·set·ting, off·sets
- To counterbalance, counteract, or compensate for: fringe benefits designed to offset low salaries.
- Printing a. To cause (printed matter) to transfer or smear onto another surface.b. To produce by offset printing.
- To make or form an offset in (a wall, bar, or pipe).
- To develop, project, or be situated as an offset.
- Printing To become marked by or cause an unintentional transfer of ink.
- Anything that acts as counterbalance; a compensating equivalent.
- Today's victory was an offset to yesterday's defeat.
- (international trade) A form of countertrade arrangement, in which the seller agrees to purchase within a set time frame products of a certain value from the buying country. This kind of agreement may be used in large international public sector contracts such as arms sales.
- A printing method, in which ink is carried from a metal plate to a rubber blanket and from there to the printing surface.
- (programming) The difference between a target memory address and a base address.
- An array of bytes uses its index as the offset, of words a multiple thereof.
- The distance by which one thing is out of alignment with another.
- There is a small offset between the switch and the indicator which some users found confusing.
- (surveying) A short distance measured at right angles from a line actually run to some point in an irregular boundary, or to some object.
- An abrupt bend in an object, such as a rod, by which one part is turned aside out of line, but nearly parallel, with the rest; the part thus bent aside.
- (botany) A short prostrate shoot that takes root and produces a tuft of leaves, etc.
- A spur from a range of hills or mountains.
- (architecture) A horizontal ledge on the face of a wall, formed by a diminution of its thickness, or by the weathering or upper surface of a part built out from it; a set-off.
(third-person singular simple present offsets, present participle offsetting, simple past and past participle offset or offsetted)
- To compensate for something.
- I'll offset the time difference locally.
- to offset one charge against another
- To form an offset in (a wall, rod, pipe, etc.).
From off- +"Ž set, used to construct the noun form of the verb to set off.
offset - Computer Definition
(1) See offset press.
(2) The distance from a starting point, either the start of a file or the start of a memory address. Its value is added to a base value to derive the actual value. An offset into a file is simply the character location within that file, usually starting with 0; thus "offset 240" is actually the 241st byte in the file. See relative address.
(3) In word processing, the amount of space a document is printed from the left margin.
offset - Legal Definition
- To pay for or compensate for; to calculate against: “The debtor is entitled to an offset against the amount due to the contractor for the amounts that are alleged to be properly deducted for poor workmanship.”
- Something that balances something else; for example, “The offset for the amount she spent was the house’s improved appearance.”