(Off"set`) n. [Off + set. Cf. Set-off.] In general, that which is set off, from, before, or against,
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 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.
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
To the gods aloneDryden.
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.]