- something that counterbalances, counteracts, or compensates for something else; compensating equivalent.
- the start, beginning, or outset.
- a short lateral shoot by which certain plants are propagated.
- an offshoot or branch of a specific population or family.
- any offshoot; branch.
- Also called offset printing, offset lithography. Lithography.
- 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.
- Also called setoff. Printing. an unintentional transfer of excess or undried ink from one printed sheet to another.
- (in faults) the magnitude of displacement between two previously aligned bodies.
- a spur of a mountain range.
- Machinery. a jog or short displacement in an otherwise straight and continuous line, as in a pipe, lever, or rod, made to avoid objects or to connect with other parts.
- Architecture. setoff(def 3).
- 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.
- Naval Architecture. any of the coordinates by which any point on a hull being planned is located.
- of, noting, or pertaining to an offset.
- Lithography. pertaining to, printed by, or suitable for printing by offset.
- placed away from a center line; off-center.
- placed at an angle to something, as to the axis of a form, shape, or object; not parallel.
- to counterbalance as an equivalent does; compensate for: The gains offset the losses.
- to juxtapose with something else, as for purposes of comparison: to offset advantages against disadvantages.
- to make an offset of.
- to print by the process of offset lithography.
- Architecture. to build with a setoff, as a wall.
- Surveying. to establish (a line) parallel to a main survey line at an offset.
- to project as an offset or branch.
- to counterbalance or compensate.
- Printing. to make an offset.
Origin of offset
Synonyms for offsetSee more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
Related Words for offsettingoutweigh, neutralize, equal, negate, counteract, balance, counterpoise, account, countervail, redeem, charge, recompense, equalize, requite, equipoise, counterpose
Examples from the Web for offsetting
Contemporary Examples of offsetting
When it comes to offsetting the negativity of disgust, does pride really work just as well as serenity?Barbara Fredrickson’s Bestselling ‘Positivity’ Is Trashed by a New Study
August 16, 2013
After two years, the middle-class cuts would also expire unless Congress paid for them with offsetting savings or tax increases.In Second Term, What Will Obama Do About Bush Tax Cuts?
March 2, 2012
But as the economy strengthens, interest rates will rise, offsetting some of the recovery's beneficial effect on the deficit.How Obama's State of the Union Muddied the Budget Debate
Robert J. Samuelson
January 26, 2011
The offsetting obligation to pay claims is contingent, unfixed and off on the horizon.Where Buffett Has His Money Now
November 19, 2008
Historical Examples of offsetting
No care need be taken to prevent "offsetting" of the colour while printing.Wood-Block Printing
F. Morley Fletcher
The churning propellers, offsetting, turned her in her tracks.Blow The Man Down
Collective buying has also been a factor in offsetting the inroads of the "chains."All About Coffee
William H. Ukers
There is a little trick in offsetting pipe that one will have to practice to obtain.Elements of Plumbing
There is no balance, no justice, no offsetting the indecent by that which is noble and good.Roman Women
- something that counterbalances or compensates for something else
- an allowance made to counteract some effect
- 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
- another name for set-off
- 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
- a ridge projecting from a range of hills or mountains
- the horizontal component of displacement on a fault
- a narrow horizontal or sloping surface formed where a wall is reduced in thickness towards the top
- a person or group descended collaterally from a particular group or family; offshoot
- surveying a measurement of distance to a point at right angles to a survey line
- (tr) to counterbalance or compensate for
- (tr) to print (pictures, text, etc) using the offset process
- (tr) to construct an offset in (a wall)
- (intr) to project or develop as an offset
Word Origin and History for offsetting
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.
- A shoot that develops laterally at the base of a plant, often rooting to form a new plant. Many succulents and cacti are propagated by removing offsets and planting them elsewhere. See more at vegetative reproduction.