from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The part of the sea visible from shore that is very distant or beyond anchoring ground.
- idiom in the offing In the near or immediate future; soon to come: with exams finished and graduation in the offing.
- idiom in the offing Nearby; at hand.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The area of the sea in which a ship can be seen in the distance from land, excluding the parts nearest the shore, and beyond the anchoring ground.
- n. The distance that a ship at sea keeps away from land, often because of navigational dangers, fog and other hazards; a position at a distance from shore.
- n. The foreseeable future. Chiefly in the phrase in the offing.
- v. Present participle of off.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. That part of the sea at a good distance from the shore, or where there is deep water and no need of a pilot; also, distance from the shore
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. That part of the open visible sea that is remote from the shore, beyond the anchoring-ground, or beyond the mid-line between the shore and the horizon.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the near or foreseeable future
- n. the part of the sea that can be seen from the shore and is beyond the anchoring area
off + ing. Attested since the 1620s. Early texts also spell the term offin and offen. (Wiktionary)