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Meaning of OFFSET

Pronunciation:  [n]'ofset, [v]`of'set, 'of`set

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  structure where a wall or building narrows abruptly
  2. [n]  a plate makes an inked impression on a rubber-blanketed cylinder, which in turn transfers it to the paper
  3. [n]  a natural consequence of development
  4. [n]  a horizontal branch from the base of plant that produces new plants from buds at its tips
  5. [n]  a compensating equivalent
  6. [n]  the time at which something begins; "They got an early start"
  7. [v]  make up for; "His skills offset his opponent's superior strength"
  8. [v]  compensate for or counterbalance; "offset deposits and withdrawals"

OFFSET is a 6 letter word that starts with O.


 Synonyms: beginning, branch, cancel, commencement, counterbalance, first, kickoff, offset printing, offshoot, outgrowth, outset, runner, set back, set off, setoff, start, starting time, stolon
 Antonyms: end, ending, middle
 See Also: balance, birth, compensation, consequence, construction, counteract, counterbalance, countervail, effect, equilibrate, equilibrise, equilibrize, event, incipience, incipiency, issue, letterset printing, neutralize, outcome, photo-offset, photo-offset printing, plant organ, point, point in time, printing, printing process, result, starting point, structure, terminus a quo, threshold, upshot



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Off"set`\, n. [Off + set. Cf. {Set-off}.]
    In general, that which is set off, from, before, or against,
    something; as:
    1. (Bot.) A short prostrate shoot, which takes root and
       produces a tuft of leaves, etc. See Illust. of
    2. A sum, account, or value set off against another sum or
       account, as an equivalent; hence, anything which is given
       in exchange or retaliation; a set-off.
    3. A spur from a range of hills or mountains.
    4. (Arch.) 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; -- called also
    5. (Surv.) A short distance measured at right angles from a
       line actually run to some point in an irregular boundary,
       or to some object.
    6. (Mech.) An abrupt bend in an object, as a rod, by which
       one part is turned aside out of line, but nearly parallel,
       with the rest; the part thus bent aside.
    7. (Print.) A more or less distinct transfer of a printed
       page or picture to the opposite page, when the pages are
       pressed together before the ink is dry or when it is poor.
    {Offset staff} (Surv.), a rod, usually ten links long, used
       in measuring offsets.
  2. \Off*set"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Offset}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    1. To set off; to place over against; to balance; as, to
       offset one account or charge against another.
    2. To form an offset in, as in a wall, rod, pipe, etc.
  3. \Off"set\, v. i. (Printing)
    To make an offset.
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