[ set-awf, -of ]
/ ˈsɛtˌɔf, -ˌɒf /
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.
- a reduction in the thickness of a wall.
- 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).
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Origin of setoff
First recorded in 1615–25; noun use of verb phrase set off
Words nearby setoff
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