offset (plural offsets)
- anchor 1 Anything that acts as counterbalance; a compensating equivalent.
- Today's victory was an offset to yesterday's defeat.
- anchor 2 (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.
- anchor 3 (obsolete, c. 1555) A time at which something begins; outset.
- anchor 4 (printing, often, attributive) The offset printing process, in which ink is carried from a metal plate to a rubber blanket and from there to the printing surface.
- offset lithographs
- offset process
- anchor 5 (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.
- (signal analysis) The displacement between the base level of a measurement and the signal's real base level.
- The raw signal data was subjected to a baseline correction process to subtract the sensor's offset and drift variations.
- anchor 6 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.
- (architecture) A terrace on a hillside.
- French: compensation
- Portuguese: compensação, contrapartida
- Russian: компенса́ция
- Spanish: ajuste, descuento, compensación, reducción
- French: décalage, décalages
- Italian: discrepanza, discrepanze
- Portuguese: desalinhamento
- Russian: отступ
offset (offsets, present participle offsetting; past and past participle offset)
- (transitive) To compensate for, by applying a change in the opposite direction.
- I'll offset the time difference locally.
- to offset one charge against another
- (transitive) To form an offset in (a wall, rod, pipe, etc.).
- French: compenser, contrebalancer
- Italian: compensare, controbilanciare
- Portuguese: compensar
- Russian: компенси́ровать
- Spanish: compensar, subsanar