Definition of offset in English:

offset

Syllabification: off·set

noun

Pronunciation: /ˈôfˌset, ˈäf-
 
 
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  • 1A consideration or amount that diminishes or balances the effect of a contrary one: an offset against taxable profits
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    • An individual can obtain relief on an annual investment of up to €31,750 by way of offset against taxable income.
    • An offset is considered a benefit to you because the money was used to pay your debts, the IRS says.
    • We'll gladly talk to whoever wins the competition about offsets when the contract is signed.
  • 2The amount or distance by which something is out of line: these wheels have an offset of four inches
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    • Three aspects of the wheels are relevant to the suspension design: wheel offset, aspect ratio, and tire width.
    • Try different putter styles and offsets until you find one that seems easiest to get on the target line at address.
    • Pile head displacement was measured automatically every 5 minutes by four displacement gauges at 90° offsets mounted on two reference beams supported by steel posts on either side.
  • 2.1 Surveying A short distance measured perpendicularly from the main line of measurement.
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    • The accuracy in measuring the vertical offset is constrained by the resolution of the available maps and errors are no more than + / - 10 m.
    • The first segments make offsets on the abscissas and are steeper and extend approximately above C = 30%.
    • We can estimate this deviation by measuring the same step height with different offsets, or different average positions, of the scanner relative to the surface.
  • 2.2 Electronics A small deviation or bias in a voltage or current.
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    • Voltage sensors can set secure voltage offsets.
    • Concerning the gyroscope, two parameters need to be calibrated: voltage offset and volts per degrees per second.
    • A second lookup table stores a plurality of DC adjust values, which are added during operation to further reduce DC offset.
  • 3A side shoot from a plant serving for propagation.
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    • Most gardeners propagate sagos from offsets from the mother plant, but you can sow fertilized seeds.
    • For those that do not produce seeds or offsets readily, propagation by bulb-scales is resorted to, each healthy scale being capable of producing a new bulb at its base.
    • They rarely increase from seed, instead multiplying fairly rapidly from offsets of the mother bulb.
  • 3.1A spur in a mountain range.
  • 4 Architecture A sloping ledge in a wall or other feature where the thickness of the part above is diminished.
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    • You can also specify part wall thickness or clearance offset.
    • Similar cracks occur at offsets in masonry walls.
  • 5A bend in a pipe to carry it past an obstacle.
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    • This will allow for the offset of the venting elbow.
  • 6 [often as modifier] A method of printing in which ink is transferred from a plate or stone to a uniform rubber surface and from that to the paper.
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    • It is within that context that we should see this group of about one hundred offset lithographs published in 1970 and 1971.
    • ‘It is one of the most heated debates in the print world: offset vs. direct lithography,’ said Creyts.
    • The offset printing machines allow the simultaneous printing of both sides of the banknotes.

verb

Pronunciation: /ˌôfˈset, ˌäf-
 
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(offsets, offsetting; past and past participle offset) Back to top  
  • 1 [with object] Counteract (something) by having an opposing force or effect: the deficit has been more than offset by capital inflows
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    • An increasing university student population has partly offset these effects.
    • But part of the profit pressure is offset - at least on the income statement - with nonoperating gains.
    • The decline in the primary sector was to an extent offset by the growth in production in the secondary sector.
    Synonyms
    counterbalance, balance (out), cancel (out), even out/up, counteract, countervail, neutralize, compensate for, make up for, make good, redeem, indemnify; atone for, make amends for, make restitution for
  • 2 [with object] Place out of line: several places where the ridge was offset at right angles to its length
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    • In places these are offset along lines that run at right angles to the magnetic lineaments, but the reasons for this remained a mystery.
    • Climbing the stairs to the upper room you are confronted with The Great Outdoors, a painting with a brave composition of a figure offset to one side of an infinite blue sky.
    • A full frame consists of two 1920x540 line fields, offset slightly.
  • 3 [no object] (Of ink or a freshly printed page) transfer an impression to the next leaf or sheet.

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