• Noun:
    • (British) IPA: /ˈɒf.sɛt/
    • (America) IPA: /ˈɑf.sɛt/
  • Verb:
    • (British) IPA: /ɒfˈsɛt/, /ˈɒf.sɛt/
    • (America) IPA: /ɑfˈsɛt/, /ˈɑf.sɛt/

offset (plural offsets)

  1. anchor 1 Anything that acts as counterbalance; a compensating equivalent.
    Today's victory was an offset to yesterday's defeat.
  2. 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.
  3. anchor 3 (obsolete, c. 1555) A time at which something begins; outset.
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. (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.
  7. 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.
  8. (surveying) A short distance measured at right angles from a line actually run to some point in an irregular boundary, or to some object.
  9. 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.
  10. (botany) A short prostrate shoot that takes root and produces a tuft of leaves, etc.
  11. A spur from a range of hills or mountains.
  12. (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.
  13. (architecture) A terrace on a hillside.
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offset (offsets, present participle offsetting; past and past participle offset)

  1. (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
  2. (transitive) To form an offset in (a wall, rod, pipe, etc.).

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