- a process in which a lithographic stone or metal or paper plate is used to make an inked impression on a rubber blanket that transfers it to the paper being printed, instead of being made directly on the paper.
- the impression itself.
- (in faults) the magnitude of displacement between two previously aligned bodies.
- a spur of a mountain range.
- a short distance measured perpendicularly from a main survey line.
- Also called offset line.a line a short distance from and parallel to a main survey line.
verb (used with object), off·set, off·set·ting.
- to make an offset of.
- to print by the process of offset lithography.
verb (used without object), off·set, off·set·ting.
Origin of offset
Synonyms for offset
Related Words for offsetoutweigh, neutralize, equal, negate, counteract, balance, counterpoise, account, countervail, redeem, charge, recompense, equalize, requite, equipoise, counterpose
Examples from the Web for offset
Contemporary Examples of offset
Fortunately, Pomplamoose made some money to offset some of these expenses.How Much Money Does a Band Really Make on Tour?
December 8, 2014
He plants a tree in Central America for every bottle of Tru spirits he sells to offset the carbon produced in manufacturing.People for the Ethical Treatment of Vodka
Debra A. Klein
July 23, 2014
The wealthy want to be seen as even more parsimonious, to offset the incriminating millions in their bank accounts.Sting and Hillary Are Just Like You: How the Very Rich Play at Being Very Ordinary
June 24, 2014
Carbon utilization can offset or even exceed, the additional cost of carbon scrubbing.Yes, There’s a ‘War on Coal.’ Here’s How to End It.
August 16, 2013
And it's been a notorious fact for years that immigration's modest economic benefits are offset by very large fiscal costs.You Can't Wish Away the Facts About Immigration Amnesty
May 9, 2013
Historical Examples of offset
To offset this (p. 096) the Germans bombarded the British line at that point.
Here the spell of one sorceress can straightway be offset by that of her sister.The Book of Khalid
The belief had been big enough to offset all possible evidence.The Prisoner
It is fair to say that the hesitancy of some was offset by the heroism of others.The Siege of Boston
What can they offer to offset the influences behind these bodies?
- a printing method in which the impression is made onto an intermediate surface, such as a rubber blanket, which transfers it to the paper
- (modifier)relating to, involving, or printed by offsetoffset letterpress; offset lithography
- a short runner in certain plants, such as the houseleek, that produces roots and shoots at the tip
- a plant produced from such a runner
verb (ˌɒfˈsɛt) -sets, -setting or -set
1550s, "act of setting off" (on a journey, etc.), from off + set (adj.). Meaning "something 'set off' against something else, a counterbalance" is from 1769; the verb in this sense is from 1792. As a type of printing, in which the inked impression is first made on a rubber roller then transferred to paper, it is recorded from 1906.