from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- adverb From a place or position.
- adverb At a certain distance in space or time.
- adverb From a given course or route; aside.
- adverb Into a state of unconsciousness.
- adverb So as to be no longer on, attached, or connected.
- adverb So as to be divided.
- adverb So as to be no longer continuing, operating, or functioning.
- adverb So as to be completely removed, finished, or eliminated.
- adverb So as to be in a state of sudden violent or loud activity.
- adverb So as to be smaller, fewer, or less.
- adverb So as to be away from or not engaged in work or duty.
- adverb Offstage.
- adjective Distant or removed; farther.
- adjective Remote; slim.
- adjective Not on, attached, or connected.
- adjective Not operating or operational.
- adjective No longer taking place; canceled.
- adjective Slack.
- adjective Not up to standard; below a normal or satisfactory level.
- adjective Not accurate; incorrect.
- adjective Somewhat crazy; eccentric.
- adjective Started on the way; going.
- adjective Absent, away from, or not engaged in work or duty.
- adjective Spent away from work or duty.
- adjective Being on the right side of an animal or vehicle.
- adjective Being the animal or vehicle on the right.
- adjective Nautical Farthest from the shore; seaward.
- adjective Sports Toward or designating the side of the field facing the batsman in cricket.
- adjective Off-color.
- preposition So as to be removed or distant from.
- preposition Away or relieved from.
- preposition By consuming.
- preposition With the means provided by.
- preposition Informal From.
- preposition Extending or branching out from.
- preposition Not up to the usual standard of.
- preposition So as to abstain from.
- preposition Nautical To seaward of.
- intransitive verb To go away; leave.
- intransitive verb To murder.
- idiom (off and on) In an intermittent manner.
from The Century Dictionary.
- More distant; further; hence, as applied to horses, oxen, etc., driven in pairs abreast (the driver's position being on the left of them), right; right-hand: opposed to near or left-hand: as, the off side in driving; the off horse.
- In cricket, on that side of the field which is to the left of the bowler: opposed to on. See diagram under cricket.
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
-- The Participle used as an adjective modifier, with the words belonging to it, is set off+ [Footnote: An expression in the body of a sentence is set off by two commas; at the beginning or at the end, by one comma.] +by the comma unless restrictive+.
-- When you desire to reform from drinking, never break off abruptly, which is dangerous; but _taper off_ gradually -- three glasses to-day, two to-morrow, and one the next day.
(GEORGE _and_ BRIAN _go off at windows up_ L.) (DINAH _follows up_ R. _and watches them off_.)
"She's swept it off," said Prudy, speaking for her, "but she didn't sweep it _way off_!"
'You must excuse her calling on you, she is never off the sofa, but --' And what a bright look he gave! as much as to say that his wife _on_ the sofa was better than any one else _off_.
It is now more than a week, O EDITOR! since this breakfast came off, or rather since it went down, for it isn't _off_ yet; even now, that taste ---- Do you know what it is, Sir, to have your jaws hang?
Messiah to be cut off, have eagerly endeavoured to press it into their service, it remains for me to show, that it is impossible to make this prophecy refer to the cutting off of Jesus.
Prynne had his nose slit, and his ears cut off, for speaking and writing his mind; but it must not be forgotten, that he lived to see the _tyrant's head struck off_, and the _infamous judge_ who passed the _cruel sentence_ upon him, brought to
IV. iii.13 (285,5) [they must come off] _To come off_, signifies in our author, sometimes _to be uttered with spirit and volubility_.
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