(noun, verb)


1. the time at which something is supposed to begin

Similar word(s): beginning, commencement, first, kickoff, outset, showtime, start

Definition categories: time, point

2. a compensating equivalent

Similar word(s): counterbalance

Definition categories: possession, compensation

3. a horizontal branch from the base of plant that produces new plants from buds at its tips

Similar word(s): runner, stolon

Definition categories: plant

4. a natural consequence of development

Similar word(s): branch, offshoot, outgrowth

Definition categories: phenomenon, consequence, effect, event, issue, outcome, result, upshot

5. a plate makes an inked impression on a rubber-blanketed cylinder, which in turn transfers it to the paper

Definition categories: communication, printing

6. structure where a wall or building narrows abruptly

Similar word(s): setoff

Definition categories: man–made, construction, structure

Sentences with offset as a noun:

- Today's victory was an offset to yesterday's defeat.

- An array of bytes uses its index as the offset, of words a multiple thereof.

- The raw signal data was subjected to a baseline correction process to subtract the sensor's offset and drift variations.

- There is a small offset between the switch and the indicator which some users found confusing.


1. compensate for or counterbalance

- offset deposits and withdrawals

Similar word(s): countervail

Definition categories: stative, balance, equilibrate, equilibrise, equilibrize

2. make up for

- His skills offset his opponent's superior strength

Similar word(s): cancel

Definition categories: stative, balance, equilibrate, equilibrise, equilibrize

3. cause (printed matter) to transfer or smear onto another surface

Definition categories: possession, transfer

4. create an offset in

- offset a wall

Definition categories: creation, create, make

5. produce by offset printing

- offset the conference proceedings

Definition categories: creation, impress, print

Sentences with offset as a verb:

- I'll offset the time difference locally.

- to offset one charge against another