- 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 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|Will Wilkinson|August 16, 2013|DAILY BEAST
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?|Noam Scheiber|March 2, 2012|DAILY BEAST
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|DAILY BEAST
The offsetting obligation to pay claims is contingent, unfixed and off on the horizon.
With all New York's bad points--and they are as plentiful as her church spires and charity bazaars--she has one offsetting virtue.Friday, the Thirteenth|Thomas W. Lawson
As offsetting this, however, Coquenil secured information that connected Mrs. Wilmott directly with Martinez.Through the Wall|Cleveland Moffett
The churning propellers, offsetting, turned her in her tracks.Blow The Man Down|Holman Day
This conception combines two essentially irreconcilable ideas, offsetting each by the other.Elements of Folk Psychology|Wilhelm Wundt
Offsetting pipe is a very convenient way of getting the pipe or fittings back to the wall for support.Elements of Plumbing|Samuel Dibble
British Dictionary definitions for offsetting
- 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 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.