• WordNet 3.6
    • v offset produce by offset printing "offset the conference proceedings"
    • v offset create an offset in "offset a wall"
    • v offset cause (printed matter) to transfer or smear onto another surface
    • v offset make up for "His skills offset his opponent's superior strength"
    • v offset compensate for or counterbalance "offset deposits and withdrawals"
    • n offset structure where a wall or building narrows abruptly
    • n offset a plate makes an inked impression on a rubber-blanketed cylinder, which in turn transfers it to the paper
    • n offset a natural consequence of development
    • n offset a horizontal branch from the base of plant that produces new plants from buds at its tips
    • n offset a compensating equivalent
    • n offset the time at which something is supposed to begin "they got an early start","she knew from the get-go that he was the man for her"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Offset (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 set-off.
    • Offset (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; an unitended transfer of an image from one page to another; called also setoff.
    • Offset (Surv) A short distance measured at right angles from a line actually run to some point in an irregular boundary, or to some object.
    • Offset (Bot) A short prostrate shoot, which takes root and produces a tuft of leaves, etc. See Illust. of Houseleek.
    • Offset A spur from a range of hills or mountains.
    • Offset 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.
    • Offset (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.
    • n Offset In general, that which is set off, from, before, or against, something
    • Offset See offset printing.
    • Offset To form an offset in, as in a wall, rod, pipe, etc.
    • v. i Offset (Printing) To make an offset.
    • Offset To set off; to place over against; to balance; as, to offset one account or charge against another.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • offset To set off; balance; countervail; especially, to cancel by a contrary claim or sum: as, to offset one account against another.
    • n offset An offshoot; specifically, in botany, a short lateral shoot, either a stolon or a sucker, by which certain plants are propagated. The houseleek, Sempervivum tectorum, is propagated in this manner. See cut under bulb.
    • n offset A scion; a child; offspring.
    • n offset A spur or minor branch from a principal range of hills or mountains.
    • n offset In surveying, a perpendicular distance, measured from one of the main lines, as to points in the extremities of an inclosure, in order to take in an irregular section, and thus determine accurately the total area.
    • n offset In com., a sum, value, or account set off against another sum or account as an equivalent, countervail, or requital sum; hence, generally, any counterbalancing or countervailing thing or circumstance; a set-off.
    • n offset In architecture, a horizontal break in a wall or other member, marking a diminution of its thickness. See set-off.
    • n offset A terrace: as, grounds laid out in offsets.
    • n offset In a vehicle, a branch or fork of metal used to unite parts of the gear, as the backstay to the rear axle.
    • n offset In printing, a faulty transfer of superabundant or undried ink on a printed sheet to any opposed surface, as the opposite page. Also known as set-off.
    • n offset A branch pipe; also, a more or less abrupt bend in a pipe, made to bring the axis of one part of the pipe out of line with the axis of another part.
    • offset In mech., to bend so as to bring the axis out of line, but parallel to its original direction: said of a pipe, bar, rod, or shaft.
    • offset To build with an offset: as, to offset the second story wall four inches.
    • offset To transfer, by negligence (the moist or undried ink of a newly printed sheet upon the face of an overlying or facing sheet).
    • n offset In iron ship-building, an abrupt deviation to one side of the general line of a bar, as an angle-bar, designed to enable it to fit over a part projecting above the surface against which the bar is fitted.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Offset (in accounts) a sum or value set off against another as an equivalent: a short lateral shoot or bulb: a terrace on a hillside:
    • Offset (archit.) a horizontal ledge on the face of a wall: in surveying, a perpendicular from the main line to an outlying point
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  • Henry P. Fairchild
    Henry P. Fairchild
    “No amount of artificial reinforcement can offset the natural inequalities of human individuals.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Off, + set,. Cf. Set-off
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Same as Of.


In literature:

Heaters offset the radiation loss of the black surface when too far from the sun.
"The Black Star Passes" by John W Campbell
The popularity of the Nabu cult in Assyria, it will be recalled, is an offset against the supremacy of Marduk in the south.
"The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria" by Morris Jastrow
XCV, which illustrates a beam resting upon a ledge or offset of the inner walls.
"Eighth Annual Report" by Various
He saw in it a threat, and to offset Prussia's increase of power, tried to secure other territory.
"The Story of Russia" by R. Van Bergen
It would offset highly also, the superficial attitude that there is no imagination in American painting.
"Adventures in the Arts" by Marsden Hartley
The arches and windows are bounded by buttresses, which are broken by offsets and empannelled with niches.
"The New Guide to Peterborough Cathedral" by George S. Phillips
Now I am to do something that will offset that old injury.
"Shorty McCabe on the Job" by Sewell Ford
Even the pleasurable sensation of being abused did not quite offset the pangs of hunger.
"Just Patty" by Jean Webster
It will help offset the injury I have done the father.
"Five Hundred Dollars" by Horatio Alger
But the vexation of almost endless delay had its alleviations, apparently much more than enough to offset it.
"Benjamin Franklin" by John Torrey Morse, Jr.

In poetry:

Embracing man, embracing all, proceed the three hundred and sixty-
five resistlessly round the sun;
Embracing all, soothing, supporting, follow close three hundred and
sixty-five offsets of the first, sure and necessary as they.
"Carol Of Words" by Walt Whitman

In news:

Eli Lilly & Company reported yesterday that its earnings rose 11.2 percent in the first quarter as new products helped offset the first-ever drop in sales of the company's best-selling antidepressant Prozac .
Analysts expect the tech giant to post moderately lower earnings and revenue as other services and cost-cutting efforts offset a bottoming PC market.
Mortgage Fees Eyed to Offset Payroll Tax Reduction.
Can 'Carbon Ranching ' Offset Emissions In Calif. Jump to Navigation.
Even a fully funded 3-6 month reserve account won't be enough to offset the financial devastation faced by those who have been hit hardest by Superstorm Sandy.
The Plain Dealer in Cleveland reports that ODOT is hoping to offset the $50 million yearly cost of maintaining 104 rest stop s.
Chrysler under pressure to offset Fiat losses.
The Ladies Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars recently hosted a spaghetti dinner to help Cub Scout Pack 2 offset beginning of the year expenses.
For Michael Wardian , the tedium of racing around a 200-meter indoor track 221 times Thursday night was offset by a few positives.
Each year, the borough budgets funds for employees' pension costs and is eligible for state aid to help offset the pension costs.
Production decreases in Texas were partially offset by increases in the Southeast and Delta.
Kansas officials acknowledge that the state could gain some revenues if the federal government goes over the "fiscal cliff" but they say the boost isn't likely to come close to offsetting any potential problems.
(AP) _ Kansas officials acknowledge that the state could gain some revenues if the federal government goes over the ``fiscal cliff but they say the boost isn't likely to come close to offsetting any potential problems.
The higher entertainment revenue offset a continuing decline in the company's legacy distribution business on lower sales of DVDs.
Muller Martini's Exceptionally Versatile Variable Size Offset Printing Press (VSOP) is Well-received at This Year's Pack Expo .

In science:

B ) is the theoretical (experimental) band power, xB is the offset correction and MBB ′ is the Gaussian curvature of the likelihood matrix at the peak.
CMB Constraints on a Baryonic Dark Matter-Dominated Universe
Offset between the Chandra source and the proposed W96 identification.
The Chandra Deep Survey of the Hubble Deep Field North Area. IV. An Ultradeep Image of the HDF-N
The offset between the X-ray source and the spatially coincident off-nuclear “bright spot” is 0.14′′ .
The Chandra Deep Survey of the Hubble Deep Field North Area. IV. An Ultradeep Image of the HDF-N
The X-ray source is coincident with one of the optically brightest galaxies in the HDF-N, but it is offset from the galaxy’s nucleus suggesting emission from an X-ray binary (see §3.1).
The Chandra Deep Survey of the Hubble Deep Field North Area. IV. An Ultradeep Image of the HDF-N
Also, the X-ray and optical maxima of knot B are offset by ∼ 0.5′′ and X-ray emission is ∼ 21′′ .
Revealing the Energetics and Structure of AGN Jets