Definition of Offset

1. Noun. The time at which something is supposed to begin. "She knew from the get-go that he was the man for her"

2. Verb. Compensate for or counterbalance. "Offset deposits and withdrawals"
Exact synonyms: Countervail
Generic synonyms: Balance, Equilibrate, Equilibrise, Equilibrize

3. Noun. A compensating equivalent.
Exact synonyms: Counterbalance
Generic synonyms: Compensation
Derivative terms: Counterbalance, Counterbalance

4. Verb. Make up for. "His skills offset his opponent's superior strength"
Exact synonyms: Cancel, Set Off
Specialized synonyms: Counteract, Counterbalance, Countervail, Neutralize
Generic synonyms: Balance, Equilibrate, Equilibrise, Equilibrize

5. Noun. A horizontal branch from the base of plant that produces new plants from buds at its tips.
Exact synonyms: Runner, Stolon
Generic synonyms: Plant Organ

6. Verb. Cause (printed matter) to transfer or smear onto another surface.
Generic synonyms: Transfer

7. Noun. A natural consequence of development.
Exact synonyms: Branch, Offshoot, Outgrowth
Generic synonyms: Consequence, Effect, Event, Issue, Outcome, Result, Upshot

8. Verb. Create an offset in. "Offset a wall"
Generic synonyms: Create, Make

9. Noun. A plate makes an inked impression on a rubber-blanketed cylinder, which in turn transfers it to the paper.
Exact synonyms: Offset Printing
Generic synonyms: Printing, Printing Process
Specialized synonyms: Photo-offset, Photo-offset Printing, Letterset Printing

10. Verb. Produce by offset printing. "Offset the conference proceedings"
Generic synonyms: Impress, Print

11. Noun. Structure where a wall or building narrows abruptly.
Exact synonyms: Set-back, Setoff
Generic synonyms: Construction, Structure

Definition of Offset

1. n. In general, that which is set off, from, before, or against, something

2. v. t. To set off; to place over against; to balance; as, to offset one account or charge against another.

3. v. i. To make an offset.

Definition of Offset

1. Noun. (anchor 1)Anything that acts as counterbalance; a compensating equivalent. ¹

2. Noun. (anchor 2)(context: 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 the buying country. This kind of agreement may be used in large international public sector contracts such as arms sales. ¹

3. Noun. (anchor 3)(obsolete c. 1555) A time at which something begins; outset. ¹

4. Noun. (anchor 4)A printing method, in which ink is carried from a metal plate to a rubber blanket and from there to the printing surface. ¹

5. Noun. (anchor 5)(programming) The difference between a target memory address and a base address. ¹

6. Noun. (anchor 6)The distance by which one thing is out of alignment with another. ¹

7. Verb. To compensate for something. ¹

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Definition of Offset

1. to compensate for [v -SET, -SETTING, -SETS]

Medical Definition of Offset

1. In general, that which is set off, from, before, or against, something; as: 1. A short prostrate shoot, which takes root and produces a tuft of leaves, etc. 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. 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 set-off. 5. A short distance measured at right angles from a line actually run to some point in an irregular boundary, or to some object. 6. 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. 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, a rod, usually ten links long, used in measuring offsets. Origin: Off + set. Cf. Set-off. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Offset

offset (current term)
offset lithography
offset printing
offsetting balance
offshore rig

Literary usage of Offset

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1. Publishers Weekly by Publishers' Board of Trade (U.S.), Book Trade Association of Philadelphia, American Book Trade Union, Am. Book Trade Association, R.R. Bowker Company (1913)
"The pressman observed that the offset (caused by frequently missed ... Everybody doing offset work now knows it does, if the stock, form and ink are right. ..."

2. A Treatise on the Bankruptcy Law of the United States by Harold Remington (1915)
"Counter demands arising after bankruptcy cannot be offset. The mutual demands must have existed before the tiling of the petition.80 Thus, offset has been ..."

3. Field Geology by Frederic Henry Lahee (1917)
"For the correct interpretation of offset the faulted bed, dike, vein, igneous contact, or other structure must have characters sufficiently distinctive for ..."

4. General Explanation of Tax Legislation Enacted in 1998: Report of the Joint edited by William Roth, Bill Archer (2000)
"offset of past-due, legally enforceable State income tax obligations against overpayments (sec. 3711 of the Act and sec. 6402 of the Code) Present and Prior ..."

5. Valuation of Public Service Corporations: Legal and Economic Phases of by Robert Harvey Whitten (1912)
"Its chance for gain may be assumed to offset its risk of loss. ... But while changes in price levels tend to offset each other and are consequently not ..."

6. Accounting Theory and Practice by Roy Bernard Kester (1918)
"When, however, as is too often the case, the proposal to offset depreciation by appreciation is meant to justify a policy which takes no cognizance of ..."

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