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Definition of offset:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. A short distance measured at right angles from a line actually run to some point in an irregular boundary, or to some object.
  4. A short prostrate shoot, which takes root and produces a tuft of leaves, etc. See Illust. of Houseleek.
  5. A spur from a range of hills or mountains.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. In general, that which is set off, from, before, or against, something
  9. To form an offset in, as in a wall, rod, pipe, etc.
  10. To make an offset.
  11. To set off; to place over against; to balance; as, to offset one account or charge against another.


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