[set-awf, -of]


something that counterbalances or makes up for something else, as compensation for a loss.
Accounting. a counterbalancing debt or claim, especially one that cancels an amount a debtor owes.
Also called offset. Architecture.
  1. a reduction in the thickness of a wall.
  2. a flat or sloping projection on a wall, buttress, or the like, below a thinner part.
something used to enhance the effect of another thing by contrasting it, as an ornament.
Printing. offset(def 7).

Nearby words

  1. setireme,
  2. setline,
  3. setness,
  4. seto naikai,
  5. seto-naikai,
  6. seton,
  7. seton, ernest thompson,
  8. seton, saint elizabeth ann,
  9. setose,
  10. setout

Origin of setoff

First recorded in 1615–25; noun use of verb phrase set off Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019