Adjective "offset" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


A consideration or amount that diminishes or balances the effect of an opposite one.
  1. 'An individual can obtain relief on an annual investment of up to €31,750 by way of offset against taxable income.'
  2. 'The Italian, Austrian, Portuguese, Spanish, Greek, Norwegian and Danish governments insist on offsets equivalent to the full price of defence industry contracts.'
  3. 'The nub of the matter is who controls what and what offsets there are in the boardroom to dominant forces in companies.'
  4. 'The results are centered, economic, and if occasionally obvious, prove an effective offset to vocals that run from austere to jarringly dense and discordant.'
  5. 'Policyholders receive the subsidy through a 30 percent reduction in the insurance premium, as a payment from the Health Insurance Commission or as a tax offset at the end of the year.'
  6. 'Countries will make bilateral agreements to transfer clean technology and provide development assistance, possibly creating emission offsets for participating countries.'
  7. 'It worked, and since then we have raised much material, both from further offsets, as well as from seed, and distributed material to other growers.'
  8. 'Furthermore, no offset of personal allowances or tax credits will be allowable against tax arising at this low rate.'
  9. 'We'll gladly talk to whoever wins the competition about offsets when the contract is signed.'
  10. 'These are known as carbon offsets through carbon sequestration.'
The amount or distance by which something is out of line.
  1. 'The first is the moment at a two-degree offset of the initial slope.'
  2. '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.'
  3. 'First comes the original measurement, then the actual offset between brackets, then the margin of error.'
  4. 'At least four measurements are required, as there are four unknowns: three coordinates of position plus the receiver clock offset.'
  5. 'One and two-way range observations were used and both position and clock offset were estimated.'
  6. 'Combining these two types of data we computed the offset between UTC and GPS Time for the whole time span of the test.'
  7. 'From this adjustment we can determine the offset and rotations to align the vehicle platform and digital video camera reference frames.'
  8. 'The accuracy in measuring the vertical offset is constrained by the resolution of the available maps and errors are no more than + / - 10 m.'
  9. 'The first segments make offsets on the abscissas and are steeper and extend approximately above C = 30%.'
  10. as modifier 'offset adjustment circuits'
  11. 'The architecture has a block that measures and cancels any remaining DC offset.'
  12. 'Before recordings, the offset of the electrodes was measured and appropriate corrections made to recorded values.'
A side shoot from a plant serving for propagation.
  1. 'They multiply by offsets - little plants that form along the sides of the parent.'
  2. 'If, however, you want to try for another generation, you can; mother plants produce new plants called offsets, or pups, before they die.'
  3. 'The Hippeastrum is easily multiplied in the original pot itself by bulbous offsets, which may be separated and potted.'
  4. 'To divide them, separate offsets from mother bulbs.'
  5. 'The plant is propagated by separating offsets from its large onion-like bulbs.'
  6. 'I was amazed to find that the comfrey plants (I planted the offsets last Thursday) which were only just sprouting a couple of days ago, all now have proper leaves!'
  7. 'The offsets are usually connected to the parent by a single root that's easy to sever.'
  8. 'Most gardeners propagate sagos from offsets from the mother plant, but you can sow fertilized seeds.'
A sloping ledge in a wall or other feature where the thickness of the part above is diminished.
  1. 'You can also specify part wall thickness or clearance offset.'
A bend in a pipe to carry it past an obstacle.
  1. 'This will allow for the offset of the venting elbow.'
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.
  1. as modifier 'offset printing'
  2. 'One notable exception to the norm is an offset litho print of Mandela, dated 1989.'
  3. 'It is within that context that we should see this group of about one hundred offset lithographs published in 1970 and 1971.'
  4. '‘It is one of the most heated debates in the print world: offset vs. direct lithography,’ said Creyts.'
  5. 'They are printed by offset and are sold by open subscription.'


Counteract (something) by having an equal and opposite force or effect.
  1. 'his unfortunate appearance was offset by a compelling personality'
  2. 'Economics teaches us that lower margins are not necessarily bad and can be offset when a market is growing rapidly.'
  3. 'Designing in the shade garden offers many challenges, but the wide palette of material that is available offsets this.'
  4. 'In some instances, any tendency to increase prices may be more than offset by efficiencies resulting from a merger.'
  5. 'The key question is whether wages will continue to grow fast enough to offset rising energy prices.'
  6. 'Initially they will accelerate, but they will soon reach a constant terminal velocity when the air resistance around them offsets their downward acceleration.'
  7. 'With job losses in manufacturing and agriculture offset by job gains in construction, unemployment has remained low.'
  8. 'Previously, acute staff shortages had been partially offset by large amounts of overtime.'
  9. 'Improved nutrition in some countries is being more than offset by a decline in others.'
  10. 'The decline in the primary sector was to an extent offset by the growth in production in the secondary sector.'
  11. 'So world markets tend to move in tandem, and foreign investment, especially index investing, offsets domestic risk less than it once did.'
Place out of line.
  1. 'Lay out the pieces offset like bricks, in three rows of four rectangles.'
  2. 'Jonas asked curiously as he guided me towards a classroom, a little offset from the main hallway.'
  3. 'The lens-fiber assembly includes a casing having a first hole and a second hole offset from the first hole.'
  4. '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.'
  5. 'The pivotable attachment of the cylinder may be horizontally and vertically offset from a pivot connection of the scissors lift.'
  6. 'Beams spanning the roof to shoring towers on either side were located slightly offset from roof arches, which align with skylight mullions.'
(of ink or a freshly printed page) transfer an impression to the next leaf or sheet.

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    1. something that counterbalances, counteracts, or compensates for something else; compensating equivalent.

    2. the start, beginning, or outset.

    3. a short lateral shoot by which certain plants are propagated.

    4. an offshoot or branch of a specific population or family.

    5. any offshoot; branch.

    6. Also called offset printing, offset lithography. Lithography. a process in which a lithographic stone or metal or paper plate is used to make an inked impression on a rubber blanket that tran

    More examples(as adjective)

    "increases can be offset in/at/on years."

    "strikes can be offset by fundamentalses."

    "pressures can be offset by effects."

    "losses can be offset by gains."

    "strengths can be offset by exposures."

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