- offset [ôf′set΄; ] for v., usually [ ôf set′]n.1. something that is set off, or has sprung or developed, from something else; offshoot; extension; branch; spur2. anything that balances, counteracts, or compensates for something else; compensation3. rare var. of OUTSET4. Archit. a ledge or recess formed in a wall by a reduction in its thickness above5. Bot. a side shoot that takes root and starts a new plant6. Elec. a branch off a main power line7. Mech. a curve or bend in a metal bar, pipe, etc. to permit it to pass an obstruction8. Printinga) OFFSET PRINTINGb) an impression made by this processc) an ink smudge transferred from a freshly printed sheet to the one next to it9. Surveying a short distance measured at right angles from the main line to help in computing the area of an irregular plot of groundadj.1. of, relating to, or being an offset2. that is offset, off center, or at an anglevt.offset, offsetting1. to balance, complement, counteract, compensate for, etc.2. to make an offset in3. Printinga) to make (an impression) by offset printingb) to smudge with an offsetvi.1. to come out or develop as an offset2. Printing to make an offset
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.