Pronunciation: (ô'fing, of'ing), [key]
1. the more distant part of the sea seen from the shore, beyond the anchoring ground.
2. a position at a distance from shore.
3. in the offing,
a. at a distance but within sight.
b. in the projected future; likely to happen: A wedding is in the offing.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.