Definition of offset in English:

offset

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noun

Pronunciation: /ˈɒfsɛt
 
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  • 1A consideration or amount that diminishes or balances the effect of an opposite one: widow’s bereavement allowance is an offset against income
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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: if it was a simple curve, he was taught the ‘ranging by offsets’ technique
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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: [as modifier]: offset adjustment circuits
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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: a present of tulip bulbs, offsets, and seeds for his garden
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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: allow for any bend you need including offsets for connecting the downpipe
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    • This will allow for the offset of the venting elbow.
  • 6 [mass noun, 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: they produced banknotes by offset [as modifier]: offset printing
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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: /ˈɒfsɛt
 
, ɒfˈsɛt
 
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(offsets, offsetting; past and past participle offset) Back to top  
  • 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: there was some offsetting on to text

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