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[awf-shawr, -shohr, of-] /ˈɔfˈʃɔr, -ˈʃoʊr, ˈɒf-/
off or away from the shore:
They pushed the boat offshore.
at a distance from the shore, on a body of water:
looking for oil offshore.
in a foreign country.
moving or tending away from the shore toward or into a body of water:
an offshore wind.
located or operating on a body of water, at some distance from the shore:
offshore fisheries.
registered, located, conducted, or operated in a foreign country:
an off-shore investment company; off-shore manufacture of car parts.
Origin of offshore
First recorded in 1710-20; off + shore1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The shampooer's whistles drifted out on the offshore breeze.

    Boy Scouts in the Philippines G. Harvey Ralphson
  • The wind was offshore, and by the morning I was out of sight of the French coast.

    No Surrender! G. A. Henty
  • It made no more impression upon him than if he had been an offshore buoy.

    Caleb West, Master Diver F. Hopkinson Smith
  • It is important also just offshore from Audierne, Douarnenez, and Camaret.

    Rambles in Brittany Francis Miltoun
  • Our protective oceans mean that likely conflict is offshore.

    Shock and Awe Harlan K. Ullman
British Dictionary definitions for offshore


adjective, adverb
from, away from, or at some distance from the shore
(NZ) overseas; abroad
sited or conducted at sea as opposed to on land: offshore industries
based or operating abroad in places where the tax system is more advantageous than that of the home country: offshore banking, offshore fund
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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offshore in Science
The relatively flat, irregularly shaped zone that extends outward from the breaker zone to the edge of the continental shelf. The water depth in this area is usually at least 10 m (33 ft). The offshore is continually submerged.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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