Pronunciation: (set'ôf", -of"),[key] —n. 1. something that counterbalances or makes up for something else, as compensation for a loss.
2. Accounting.a counterbalancing debt or claim, esp. one that cancels an amount a debtor owes.
3. Also called offset.Archit. a. a reduction in the thickness of a wall.
b. a flat or sloping projection on a wall, buttress, or the like, below a thinner part.
4. something used to enhance the effect of another thing by contrasting it, as an ornament.
5. Print.offset (def. 7).