Offset

Definition of Offset

Off`set´
n.1.In general, that which is set off, from, before, or against, something
1.(Bot.) A short prostrate shoot, which takes root and produces a tuft of leaves, etc. See Illust. of Houseleek.
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 set-off.
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; an unitended transfer of an image from one page to another; called also setoff.
8.See offset printing.
Offset staff
(Surv.) a rod, usually ten links long, used in measuring offsets.
v. t.1.To set off; to place over against; to balance; as, to offset one account or charge against another.
[imp. & p. p. Offset; p. pr. & vb. n. Offsetting.]
2.To form an offset in, as in a wall, rod, pipe, etc.
v. i.1.(Printing) To make an offset.

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