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  4  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Offset  \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 
  2.  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. 
  3.  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 
  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. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Offset  \Off*set"\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Offset};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  1.  To  set  off  to  place  over  against;  to  balance;  as  to 
  offset  one  account  or  charge  against  another. 
  2.  To  form  an  offset  in  as  in  a  wall,  rod,  pipe,  etc 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Offset  \Off"set\,  v.  i.  (Printing) 
  To  make  an  offset. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  the  time  at  which  something  begins;  "They  got  an  early 
  start"  [syn:  {beginning},  {commencement},  {first},  {outset}, 
  {start},  {kickoff},  {starting  time}]  [ant:  {middle},  {end}] 
  2:  a  compensating  equivalent  [syn:  {counterbalance}] 
  3:  a  horizontal  branch  from  the  base  of  plant  that  produces  new 
  plants  from  buds  at  its  tips  [syn:  {stolon},  {runner}] 
  4:  a  natural  consequence  of  development  [syn:  {outgrowth},  {branch}, 
  5:  a  plate  makes  an  inked  impression  on  a  rubber-blanketed 
  cylinder,  which  in  turn  transfers  it  to  the  paper  [syn:  {offset 
  6:  where  a  wall  or  building  narrows  abruptly  [syn:  {set  back}, 
  v  1:  compensate  for  or  counterbalance;  "offset  deposits  and 
  withdrawals"  [syn:  {countervail}] 
  2:  make  up  for  "His  skills  offset  his  opponent's  superior 
  strength"  [syn:  {cancel},  {set  off}] 

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