- 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.
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Example sentences from the Web for offset
As I’ve reported before, carbon offsets don’t necessarily cancel out emissions from somewhere else.Trying to shop sustainably? Here’s what you need to consider.|Sarah Kaplan|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
It works by drilling a hole through the tenon that is slightly offset from a hole in the mortise, so when you drive a dowel through the two holes, it pulls them into alignment, thus tightly joining the pieces of wood.Build your own door and ascend to a higher level of DIY|Courtney Starr|November 20, 2020|Popular Science
That lab work costs $2,000 per DNA sample, officials said Thursday, an expense that the grant funding will help offset.Prince George’s will use DNA registries to solve cold cases through new DOJ grant|Katie Mettler|November 19, 2020|Washington Post
Hitting a net zero target requires using every available technology to decarbonize energy systems—and then using mitigating options or other technology to offset those emissions that are harder to eliminate.
Apple is betting that the fee change will result in developers creating more apps and sticking with the App Store, which will create enough new revenue to offset any potential financial negatives from the fee reductions.Apple to cut app store fees in half for most developers|Verne Kopytoff|November 18, 2020|Fortune
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
He won on unemployment benefits, on which Senate Republicans didn't even demand offsetting cuts.
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.
There is a little trick in offsetting pipe that one will have to practice to obtain.Elements of Plumbing|Samuel Dibble
As offsetting this, however, Coquenil secured information that connected Mrs. Wilmott directly with Martinez.Through the Wall|Cleveland Moffett
This conception combines two essentially irreconcilable ideas, offsetting each by the other.Elements of Folk Psychology|Wilhelm Wundt
They feel that they would be doing a public service in offsetting the demagoguery and sensationalism of most of the popular press.Thirty|Howard Vincent O'Brien
The beneficial result is an offsetting of that morbid condition,—that utter want of self-confidence.The Life and Letters of Lafcadio Hearn, Volume 2|Elizabeth Bisland
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