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  • n. That which is set off against another thing; an offset.
  • n. That which is used to improve the appearance of anything; a decoration; an ornament.
  • n. A counterclaim; a cross debt or demand; a distinct claim filed or set up by the defendant against the plaintiff's demand.
  • n. An offset.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. That which is set off against another thing; an offset.
  • n. That which is used to improve the appearance of anything; a decoration; an ornament.
  • n. A counterclaim; a cross debt or demand; a distinct claim filed or set up by the defendant against the plaintiff's demand.
  • n. Same as Offset, n., 4.
  • n. See Offset, 7.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. That which is set off against another thing; an offset.
  • n. That which is used to improve the appearance of anything; a decoration; an ornament.
  • n. In architecture, a connecting member interposed between a lighter and a more massive structure projecting beyond the former, as between a lower section of a wall or a buttress and a section of less thickness above; also, that part of a wall, or the like, which is exposed horizontally when the part above it is reduced in thickness. Also called offset.
  • n. A counter-claim or-demand; a cross-debt; a counterbalancing claim.
  • n. In law:
  • n. The balancing or countervailing of one debt by another.
  • n. The claim of a debtor to have his debt extinguished in whole or in part by the application of a debt due from his creditor, or from one with whom his creditor is in privity.
  • n. In printing, same as offset, 9. Also setting off.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. leave
  • v. provoke or stir up
  • v. make up for
  • v. set in motion or cause to begin
  • v. direct attention to, as if by means of contrast
  • v. put in motion or move to act
  • v. cause to burst with a violent release of energy
  • n. structure where a wall or building narrows abruptly

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