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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun offset:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb offset:


The word offset and its family (offsets, offsetting) are included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

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Definition of the noun offset

What does offset mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: offsets

  1. the time at which something is supposed to begin
  2. a compensating equivalent
    • lexical domain: Possessions - nouns denoting possession and transfer of possession
    • synonym of offset: counterbalance
    • more generic word: compensation = something (such as money) given or received as payment or reparation
  3. a horizontal branch from the base of plant that produces new plants from buds at its tips
    • lexical domain: Plants - nouns denoting plants
    • synonyms of offset: runner / stolon
    • more generic term: plant organ = a functional and structural unit of a plant or fungus
  4. a natural consequence of development
  5. a plate makes an inked impression on a rubber-blanketed cylinder, which in turn transfers it to the paper
  6. structure where a wall or building narrows abruptly

Alternative definition of the noun offset


  1. [anchor, 1]Anything that acts as counterbalance; a compensating equivalent.
  2. [anchor, 2][context: international trade] 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. [anchor, 3][obsolete, c. 1555] A time at which something begins; outset.
  4. [anchor, 4]A printing method, in which ink is carried from a metal plate to a rubber blanket and from there to the printing surface.
  5. [anchor, 5][programming] The difference between a target memory address and a base address.
  6. [anchor, 6]The distance by which one thing is out of alignment with another.

Definition of the verb offset

What does offset mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections:

simple pastpast participlepresent participlethird-person singular

  1. compensate for or counterbalance
  2. make up for
  3. cause (printed matter) to transfer or smear onto another surface
    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • more generic word: transfer = move from one place to another
  4. create an offset in
    • example: offset a wall
    • lexical domain: Creation - verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing
    • more generic words: create / make = make or cause to be or to become
  5. produce by offset printing
    • example: offset the conference proceedings
    • lexical domain: Creation - verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing
    • more generic words: impress / print = reproduce by printing

Alternative definition of the verb offset


  1. To compensate for something.


  1. Offset a.k.a. Luke Slater is an English electronic musician, DJ and record producer, who has concentrated on techno since the beginning of the 1990s.
  2. Offset is a member of hip hop group Migos.
    • also known as Kiari Cephus
    • profession: Rapper, musician
    • member of musical group Migos since


"Offset" is a 2006 Drama directed and written by Didi Danquart. It was filmed in Bucharest.


"Offset" is a musical album of theOffset.

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  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.
  2. Offset: In botany and horticulture, an offset is a small, virtually complete daughter plant that has been naturally and asexually produced on the mother plant. They are clones, meaning that they are genetically identical to the mother plant. In the plant nursery business and gardens, they are detached and grown on in order to produce new plants. This is a cheap and simple process for those plants that readily produce offsets as it does not usually require specialist materials and equipment.
  3. Offset: Innpress er avstanden mellom senterlinjen på en felg og anleggsflaten på hjulnavet. Innpresset oppgis i millimeter, og omtales ofte under betegnelsen ET. Innpresset er positivt når anleggsflaten på navet ligger lenger ut fra bilen enn senterlinjen, hvilket er tilfellet på de fleste personbiler.
  4. Offset: An offset in law, is a reduction in the amount of a judgment granted to a losing party based on debts owed by the prevailing party to the losing party. For example, if an employee successfully sued an employer for wrongful termination, the employer might be entitled to an offset if the employer could demonstrate that it had previously made an overpayment to that employee which had not been returned. A party may similarly be entitled to an offset where it can demonstrate that the prevailing party has already received compensation for its injuries through insurance, a judgment against another party liable for those injuries, or some other source.
  5. Offset is a comic book character.

Phrases with Offset

Phrases starting with the word Offset:

  1. offset printing
  2. offset lithography

Phrases ending with the word Offset:

  1. photo-offset
  2. Carbon offset
  3. right of offset

Other phrase containing the word Offset:

  1. photo-offset printing

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Offset

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Google previewThe Inland Printer (1918)

Basically, offset is a refinement of lithography and was developed The booklet puts forth some convincing arguments,

Google previewBlender Foundations (2013)

The Essential Guide to Learning Blender 2.5 by Roland Hess

The great thing about modeling with Relative Offset is that you don't have to worry about the exact dimensions of your arrayed model. As you change the...

Google previewThe Multibody Systems Approach to Vehicle Dynamics (2004)

by Michael Blundell, Damian Harty

Steering offset Steering offset is a fairly general term that has specific meanings when considering the steering system of a finite track vehicle. It is the lateral distance...

Google previewMPI

the complete reference. The MPI-2 extensions

offset: An offset is a position in the file relative to the current view, expressed as a count of etypes.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Multimedia Technology and Networking, Second Edition (2008)

by Pagani, Margherita

The burst offset is the interval of time, at the source node, between the processing of the first bit of the setup message and the transmission of the first bit of the data burst. Each control packet contains routing and scheduling information and is ...

Google previewTerrestrial Biospheric Carbon Fluxes Quantification of Sinks and Sources of CO2 (2012)

by Joe Wisniewski, R. Neil Sampson

Carbon offset means that producers of CO2 (eg., nations dependent on fossil fuels; industries producing automobiles) would pay a fee to be used to promote forest growth, thus using trees to sequester C from the atmosphere. While the idea of ...

Google previewTake Your Eye Off the Ball (2010)

How to Watch Football by Knowing Where to Look by Pat Kirwan

Bradshaw lined up offset is a threat to run the draw or swing out of the backfield into the flat, where an outside linebacker or a corner has to cover him. Those Reggie Bush—type hybrid backs create matchup problems for defenses because ...

Google previewModern Circuit Placement (2007)

Best Practices and Results by Gi-Joon Nam, Jingsheng Jason Cong

· xfinal where position offset is the distance from the original position to the final position, wire length change is the change in wire length caused by moving the cell (that can be ...

Google previewDiode Lasers (2004)

by D. Sands

Such high Al content alloys can be grown without difficulty because of the lattice match, and the large band offset is a particular advantage. In other materials systems, however, the introduction of strain and non-radiative defects limit the ...

Google previewa dictionary of automobile terms (1913)

by albert l. clough

Offset (n.) — In general, a bend , or angle in a generally straight mechanical part, which causes a portion of it to lie out of alignment with, but generally parallel to, the remainder of the part. Speciftcally : In a motor, the perpendicular distance ...

Google previewCAD/CAM Dictionary (1985)

by Preston

Tolerance stack-up: Tool length offset: Track ball : A CAD graphics input device consisting of. Token: A special message used in LANs to grant permission for a station to transmit. In a ring network the token circulates continously; in a bus it ...

Google previewCraftsman's Illustrated Dictionary of Construction Terms (1994)

by James T. Frane

Offset. studs. A method of framing in which studs are staggered so that drywall panels on each side of a wall are fastened to a different set of studs. This is done by installing 2x4 studs on a 2 x 6 base plate in such a manner that alternating ...

Google previewDictionary of Environmental Economics (2014)

by Renat Perelet, Pamela Mason, Anil Markandya, Tim Taylor

plant to offset any expected increases in emissions from the new facility. Thus, netting relies on internal trade within a plant. This system is intended to provide greater flexibility in meeting environmental standards. If a firm is not able to comply ...

Google previewCambridge Academic Content Dictionary Reference Book with CD-ROM (2008)

by Cambridge University Press

mow mowed mowed, mown offset offset offset outdo outdid outdone outgrow outrun outgrew outran outgrown outrun overcome overcame overcome overdo overdid overdone overeat overate overeaten overhang overhear overhung overheard ...

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Quotes about Offset

The theoretical broadening which comes from having many humanities subjects on the campus is offset by the general dopiness of the people who study these things... (Richard Phillips Feynman)
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Scrabble value of O1F4F4S1E1T1

The value of this 6-letter word is 12 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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