What does Offset mean?

Definitions for Offset
ˈɔfˌsɛt, ˈɒf-; ˌɔfˈsɛt, ˌɒf-Offset

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. beginning, commencement, first, outset, get-go, start, kickoff, starting time, showtime, offsetnoun

    the time at which something is supposed to begin

    "they got an early start"; "she knew from the get-go that he was the man for her"

  2. counterbalance, offsetnoun

    a compensating equivalent

  3. stolon, runner, offsetnoun

    a horizontal branch from the base of plant that produces new plants from buds at its tips

  4. outgrowth, branch, offshoot, offsetnoun

    a natural consequence of development

  5. offset, offset printingnoun

    a plate makes an inked impression on a rubber-blanketed cylinder, which in turn transfers it to the paper

  6. set-back, setoff, offsetverb

    structure where a wall or building narrows abruptly

  7. offset, countervailverb

    compensate for or counterbalance

    "offset deposits and withdrawals"

  8. cancel, offset, set offverb

    make up for

    "His skills offset his opponent's superior strength"

  9. offsetverb

    cause (printed matter) to transfer or smear onto another surface

  10. offsetverb

    create an offset in

    "offset a wall"

  11. offsetverb

    produce by offset printing

    "offset the conference proceedings"


  1. Offsetnoun

    See offset printing.

    Etymology: [Off + set. Cf. Set-off.]

  2. Offsetnoun

    (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.

    Etymology: [Off + set. Cf. Set-off.]


  1. offsetnoun

    Anything that acts as counterbalance; a compensating equivalent.

    Today's victory was an offset to yesterday's defeat.

  2. offsetnoun

    A form of countertrade arrangement, in which the seller agrees to purchase within a set time frame products of a certain value from the the buying country. This kind of agreement may be used in large international public sector contracts such as arms sales.

  3. offsetnoun

    A time at which something begins; outset.

    You can hear the gun go off at the offset of the race.

  4. offsetnoun

    A printing method, in which ink is carried from a metal plate to a rubber blanket and from there to the printing surface.

  5. offsetnoun

    The difference between a target memory address and a base address.

    An array of bytes uses its index as the offset, of words a multiple thereof.

  6. offsetnoun

    The distance by which one thing is out of alignment with another.

    There is a small offset between the switch and the indicator which some users found confusing.

  7. offsetverb

    To compensate for something.

    I'll offset the time difference locally.


  1. Offset

    In computer science, an offset within an array or other data structure object is an integer indicating the distance from the beginning of the object up until a given element or point, presumably within the same object. The concept of a distance is valid only if all elements of the object are the same size. For example, given an array of characters A, containing abcdef, one can say that the element containing the letter 'c' has an offset of 2 from the start of A.

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  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Offset' in Verbs Frequency: #1090

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Offset in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Offset in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of Offset in a Sentence

  1. Jeffrey Halley:

    With the Biden package offset by weak U.S. employment data, markets in Asia are disinclined to force prices, they will leave it to North America to decide if a retest of the recent highs is justified into the end of the week.

  2. Governor Julio Velarde:

    We expect the increase in the volume of mining production to partially offset the drop in prices, the contribution of mining to economic growth will be fundamental in the next three years.

  3. Jan Gurander:

    We are committed to the 10 billion (of cost cuts) and we are trying to offset this as much as possible.

  4. European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager:

    We will meet to discuss the concessions Gazprom offers to offset the deep concerns we have about the competition situation in the gas sector.

  5. Goldman Sachs:

    We believe the current decline in U.S. oil production is still insufficient to offset low-cost supply growth such as Iran, particularly should disruptions in Iraq, Nigeria and Venezuela reverse, the biggest risk to the upside in the near term is the Fed choosing to remain dovish despite the improvement in Chinese activity, which could easily push oil above $50.

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