- 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
Examples from the Web for offset
Fortunately, Pomplamoose made some money to offset some of these expenses.
He plants a tree in Central America for every bottle of Tru spirits he sells to offset the carbon produced in manufacturing.
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|Tim Teeman|June 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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.|Jonathan Miller|August 16, 2013|DAILY BEAST
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|David Frum|May 9, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Our army would have been swelled by the return of our wounded and sick, without any losses to offset our increase.Who Goes There?|Blackwood Ketcham Benson
The principal purpose would be to offset somewhat the nation's present excess of administrative centralization.The Governments of Europe|Frederic Austin Ogg
The Constitution requires that reapportionment or redistricting take place every ten years to offset population changes.Hallowed Heritage: The Life of Virginia|Dorothy M. Torpey
The additional complication introduced by the cut-off relay is more than offset by the saving in complexity of the jacks.Cyclopedia of Telephony and Telegraphy, Vol. 2|Kempster Miller
XCV, which illustrates a beam resting upon a ledge or offset of the inner walls.A Study of Pueblo Architecture: Tusayan and Cibola|Victor Mindeleff and Cosmos Mindeleff
British Dictionary definitions for offset
- 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
Word Origin and History for offset
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.