Offset staff(Surv.), a rod, usually ten links long, used in measuring offsets.

(Off*set") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Offset; p. pr. & vb. n. Offsetting.]

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.

(Off"set), v. i. (Printing) To make an offset.

(Off"shoot`) n. [Off + shoot.] That which shoots off or separates from a main stem, channel, family, race, etc.; as, the offshoots of a tree.

(Off"shore") a. From the shore; as, an offshore wind; an offshore signal.

(Off"skip`) n. [Off + - skip, as in landskip.] (Paint.) That part of a landscape which recedes from the spectator into distance. [R.] Fairholt.

(Off"spring`) n.sing. & pl. [Off + spring.]

1. The act of production; generation. [Obs.]

2. That which is produced; a child or children; a descendant or descendants, however remote from the stock.

To the gods alone
Our future offspring and our wives are known.

3. Origin; lineage; family. [Obs.] Fairfax.

(Of*fus"cate Of`fus*ca`tion) . See Obfuscate, Obfuscation. [Obs.]

(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 Houseleek.

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 set-off.

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.

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