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set•off



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).

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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