Offset meaning

ôfsĕt, ŏf-
The definition of an offset is something that is used to balance something else.

An example of an offset is coconut milk which can be added to a curry dish to minimize the spicy taste.

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To balance, complement, counteract, compensate for, etc.
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To make an offset in.
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To come out or develop as an offset.
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(printing) To make an offset.
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A shoot that develops laterally at the base of a plant, often rooting to form a new plant. Many succulents and cacti are propagated by removing offsets and planting them elsewhere.
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Something that balances something else; for example, “The offset for the amount she spent was the house’s improved appearance.”
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Anything that acts as counterbalance; a compensating equivalent.

Today's victory was an offset to yesterday's defeat.

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(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.
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A printing method, in which ink is carried from a metal plate to a rubber blanket and from there to the printing surface.
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(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.

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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.

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(surveying) A short distance measured at right angles from a line actually run to some point in an irregular boundary, or to some object.
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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.
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(botany) A short prostrate shoot that takes root and produces a tuft of leaves, etc.
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A spur from a range of hills or mountains.
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(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.
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To compensate for something.

I'll offset the time difference locally.

To offset one charge against another.

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To form an offset in (a wall, rod, pipe, etc.).
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An agent, element, or thing that balances, counteracts, or compensates for something else.
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One thing set off or developed from something else.
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The start or initial stage; the outset.
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(architecture) A ledge or recess in a wall formed by a reduction in thickness above; a setoff.
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(botany) A shoot that develops laterally at the base of a plant, often rooting to form a new plant.
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(geology) A spur of a mountain range or hills.
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A bend in a pipe, bar, or other straight continuous piece made to allow it to pass around an obstruction.
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A short distance measured perpendicularly from the main line in surveying, used to help in calculating the area of an irregular plot.
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A descendant of a race or family; an offshoot.
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To counterbalance, counteract, or compensate for.

Fringe benefits designed to offset low salaries.

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To make or form an offset in (a wall, bar, or pipe).
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To develop, project, or be situated as an offset.
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(printing) To become marked by or cause an unintentional transfer of ink.
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Something that is set off, or has sprung or developed, from something else; offshoot; extension; branch; spur.
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Anything that balances, counteracts, or compensates for something else; compensation.
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(archit.) A ledge or recess formed in a wall by a reduction in its thickness above.
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(bot.) A side shoot that takes root and starts a new plant.
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(elec.) A branch off a main power line.
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(mech.) A curve or bend in a metal bar, pipe, etc. to permit it to pass an obstruction.
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(surveying) A short distance measured at right angles from the main line to help in computing the area of an irregular plot of ground.
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Of, relating to, or being an offset.
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That is offset, off center, or at an angle.
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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.”
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Origin of offset

  • From off- +"Ž set, used to construct the noun form of the verb to set off.

    From Wiktionary