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Definition of offset (Meaning of offset)
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Offset Off"set`, n. [Off + set. Cf. {Set-off}.]
	     In general, that which is set off, from, before, or against,
	     something; as:
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	     1. (Bot.) A short prostrate shoot, which takes root and
	        produces a tuft of leaves, etc. See Illust. of
	        {Houseleek}.
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	     2. A sum, account, or value set off against another sum or
	        account, as an equivalent; hence, anything which is given
	        in exchange or retaliation; a set-off.
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	     3. A spur from a range of hills or mountains.
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	     4. (Arch.) A horizontal ledge on the face of a wall, formed
	        by a diminution of its thickness, or by the weathering or
	        upper surface of a part built out from it; -- called also
	        {set-off}.
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	     5. (Surv.) A short distance measured at right angles from a
	        line actually run to some point in an irregular boundary,
	        or to some object.
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	     6. (Mech.) An abrupt bend in an object, as a rod, by which
	        one part is turned aside out of line, but nearly parallel,
	        with the rest; the part thus bent aside.
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	     7. (Print.) A more or less distinct transfer of a printed
	        page or picture to the opposite page, when the pages are
	        pressed together before the ink is dry or when it is poor;
	        an unitended transfer of an image from one page to
	        another; called also {setoff}.
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	     8. See {offset printing}.
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	     {Offset staff} (Surv.), a rod, usually ten links long, used
	        in measuring offsets.
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	  Offset Off*set", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Offset}; p. pr. & vb. n.
	     {Offsetting}.]
	     1. To set off; to place over against; to balance; as, to
	        offset one account or charge against another.
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	     2. To form an offset in, as in a wall, rod, pipe, etc.
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	  Offset Off"set, v. i. (Printing)
	     To make an offset.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
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