- 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
British Dictionary definitions for offset-line
- 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-line
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.