Definitions for offingˈɔ fɪŋ, ˈɒf ɪŋ
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
off•ingˈɔ fɪŋ, ˈɒf ɪŋ(n.)
the more distant part of the sea seen from the shore.
Idioms for offing:
in the offing, at a distance but within sight. in the projected future; likely to happen.
Origin of offing:
the near or foreseeable future
"there was a wedding in the offing"
the part of the sea that can be seen from the shore and is beyond the anchoring area
"there was a ship in the offing"
The area of the sea in which a ship can be seen in the distance from land, excluding the parts nearest the shore, and beyond the anchoring ground.
The distance that a ship at sea keeps away from land, often because of navigational dangers, fog and other hazards; a position at a distance from shore.
The foreseeable future. Chiefly in the phrase in the offing.
Origin: . Attested since the 1620s. Early texts also spell the term offin and offen.