Off"set` (?), n. [Off + set. Cf. Set-off.]

In general, that which is set off, from, before, or against, something

; as: --

1. Bot.

A short prostrate shoot, which takes root and produces a tuft of leaves, etc. See Illust. of Houseleek.


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.


A spur from a range of hills or mountains.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Offset staff Surv., a rod, usually ten links long, used in measuring offsets. <-- offset printing. see def. 7 -->


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Off*set" (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Offset; p. pr. & vb. n. Offsetting.]


To set off; to place over against; to balance; as, to offset one account or charge against another.


To form an offset in, as in a wall, rod, pipe, etc.


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Off"set, v. i. Printing

To make an offset.


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