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Origin of offset

First recorded in 1545–55; after verb phrase set off
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British Dictionary definitions for offset

offset

noun (ˈɒfˌsɛt)

verb (ˌɒfˈsɛt) -sets, -setting or -set

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Scientific definitions for offset

offset
[ ôfsĕt′ ]

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.
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