[awf-shawr, -shohr, of-]
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  1. moving or tending away from the shore toward or into a body of water: an offshore wind.
  2. located or operating on a body of water, at some distance from the shore: offshore fisheries.
  3. registered, located, conducted, or operated in a foreign country: an off-shore investment company; off-shore manufacture of car parts.

Origin of offshore

First recorded in 1710–20; off + shore1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for offshore

seaward, asea

Examples from the Web for offshore

Contemporary Examples of offshore

Historical Examples of offshore

  • The shampooer's whistles drifted out on the offshore breeze.

  • The wind was offshore, and by the morning I was out of sight of the French coast.

    No Surrender!

    G. A. Henty

  • It made no more impression upon him than if he had been an offshore buoy.

    Caleb West, Master Diver

    F. Hopkinson Smith

  • It is important also just offshore from Audierne, Douarnenez, and Camaret.

    Rambles in Brittany

    Francis Miltoun

  • Our protective oceans mean that likely conflict is offshore.

    Shock and Awe

    Harlan K. Ullman

British Dictionary definitions for offshore


adjective, adverb
  1. from, away from, or at some distance from the shore
  2. NZ overseas; abroad
  1. sited or conducted at sea as opposed to on landoffshore industries
  2. based or operating abroad in places where the tax system is more advantageous than that of the home countryoffshore banking; offshore fund
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

offshore in Science


  1. The relatively flat, irregularly shaped zone that extends outward from the breaker zone to the edge of the continental shelf. The water depth in this area is usually at least 10 m (33 ft). The offshore is continually submerged.
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