What does offshore mean?

Definitions for offshoreˈɔfˈʃɔr, -ˈʃoʊr, ˈɒf-

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word offshore.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. offshore, seaward(adj)

    (of winds) coming from the land

    "offshore winds"

  2. offshore(adverb)

    at some distance from the shore

    "offshore oil reserves"; "an offshore island"

  3. offshore(adverb)

    away from shore; away from land

    "cruising three miles offshore"


  1. Offshore(a.)

    Located in the waters near the shore; as, offshore drilling.

  2. Offshore(a.)

    Operating or located in a foreign country; as, an offshore bank account; offshore mutual funds.


  1. offshore(Verb)

    To use foreign labour to substitute for local labour.

  2. offshore(Adverb)

    Away from the shore.

  3. offshore(Adverb)

    At some distance from the shore.

  4. offshore(Adjective)

    Moving away from the shore.

  5. offshore(Adjective)

    Located in the sea away from the coast.

    an offshore oil rig

  6. offshore(Adjective)

    Located in another country, especially one having beneficial tax laws.


  1. Offshore

    Offshore is a novel by Penelope Fitzgerald. It won the Booker Prize for that year. It recalls her time spent on boats in Battersea by the Thames. The novel centralizes around the idea of liminality, expanding upon it to include the notion: 'liminal people,' people who do not belong to the land or the sea, but somewhere in-between. The epigraph, "che mena il vento, e che batte la pioggia, e che s'incontran con si aspre lingue" comes from Canto XI of Dante's Inferno.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of offshore in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of offshore in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Kirby Wright:

    Bone-white driftwood maroons on the sand. Dunes wall in the strand. An island offshore is an overturned teacup. The gulls have abandoned the sea for the roof of the Surf Club.

  2. Brian Segee:

    We call on the Obama administration and Interior Department to put a halt to offshore acidizing and fracking unless and until they can be proven safe for California’s irreplaceable coastline.

  3. Miyoko Sakashita:

    We need offshore fracking stopped immediately before chemical contamination or an oil spill devastates California’s coastal communities and kills sea otters and other endangered marine wildlife.

  4. Royal Dutch Shell:

    We decided to join forces early on to make optimum use of our strengths in wind farm design, offshore project management, financing and technology, we have substantial offshore expertise in the North Sea (and) ... managing large projects.

  5. Yang Shuangquan:

    In offshore oil drilling we'd like to cut the reliance on imports by improving the self-sufficiency, (The plan) draws up... major development projects for the oil industries in exploiting natural gas, shale gas and offshore oil. The latter two will remain as China's strategic moves to ensure energy supply.

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From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • في الخارجArabic
  • Off-Shore-, offshoreGerman
  • αρόδου, εξωχώριοςGreek
  • [[lejos]] [[de]] [[la]] [[costa]], [[exportar]] [[trabajos]] al [[extranjero]], [[alejado]] [[de]] [[la]] [[costa]], [[alejándose]] [[de]] [[la]] [[costa]], [[mandar]] [[trabajos]] a [[otros]] [[países]], extranjero, ultramar, mar adentroSpanish
  • ulkomaalainen, merelle suuntautuva, merellä, rannastaFinnish
  • offshoreFrench
  • օֆշորայինArmenian
  • al largoItalian
  • offshoreHebrew
  • オフショアJapanese
  • whakawahoMāori
  • средморе, движење далеку од брегот, странски, странскаMacedonian
  • buiten de kustDutch
  • офшорный, в открытом мореRussian

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