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[n] structure where a wall or building narrows abruptly
[n] a plate makes an inked impression on a rubber-blanketed cylinder, which in turn transfers it to the paper
[n] a natural consequence of development
[n] a horizontal branch from the base of plant that produces new plants from buds at its tips
[n] a compensating equivalent
[n] the time at which something begins; "They got an early start"
[v] make up for; "His skills offset his opponent's superior strength"
[v] compensate for or counterbalance; "offset deposits and withdrawals"

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end, ending, middle

Misc. Definitions

\Off"set`\, n. [Off + set. Cf. {Set-off}.] In general, that which is set off, from, before, or against, something; as:
1. (Bot.) A short prostrate shoot, which takes root and produces a tuft of leaves, etc. See Illust. of {Houseleek}.
2. A sum, account, or value set off against another sum or account, as an equivalent; hence, anything which is given in exchange or retaliation; a set-off.
3. A spur from a range of hills or mountains.
4. (Arch.) A horizontal ledge on the face of a wall, formed by a diminution of its thickness, or by the weathering or upper surface of a part built out from it; -- called also {set-off}.
5. (Surv.) A short distance measured at right angles from a line actually run to some point in an irregular boundary, or to some object.
6. (Mech.) An abrupt bend in an object, as a rod, by which one part is turned aside out of line, but nearly parallel, with the rest; the part thus bent aside.
7. (Print.) A more or less distinct transfer of a printed page or picture to the opposite page, when the pages are pressed together before the ink is dry or when it is poor. {Offset staff} (Surv.), a rod, usually ten links long, used in measuring offsets.
\Off*set"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Offset}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Offsetting}.]
1. To set off; to place over against; to balance; as, to offset one account or charge against another.
2. To form an offset in, as in a wall, rod, pipe, etc.
\Off"set\, v. i. (Printing) To make an offset.

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