Hypertext Webster Gateway: "off"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Off \Off\, adv. [OE. of, orig. the same word as R. of, prep.,
AS. of, adv. & prep. [root]194. See {Of}.]
In a general sense, denoting from or away from; as:

1. Denoting distance or separation; as, the house is a mile

2. Denoting the action of removing or separating; separation;
as, to take off the hat or cloak; to cut off, to pare off,
to clip off, to peel off, to tear off, to march off, to
fly off, and the like.

3. Denoting a leaving, abandonment, departure, abatement,
interruption, or remission; as, the fever goes off; the
pain goes off; the game is off; all bets are off.

4. Denoting a different direction; not on or towards: away;
as, to look off.

5. Denoting opposition or negation. [Obs.]

The questions no way touch upon puritanism, either
off or on. --Bp.

{From off}, off from; off. ``A live coal . . . taken with the
tongs from off the altar.'' --Is. vi. 6.

{Off and on}.
(a) Not constantly; not regularly; now and then;
(b) (Naut.) On different tacks, now toward, and now away
from, the land.

{To be off}.
(a) To depart; to escape; as, he was off without a
moment's warning.
(b) To be abandoned, as an agreement or purpose; as, the
bet was declared to be off. [Colloq.]

{To come off}, {To cut off}, {To fall off}, {To go off}, etc.
See under {Come}, {Cut}, {Fall}, {Go}, etc.

{To get off}.
(a) To utter; to discharge; as, to get off a joke.
(b) To go away; to escape; as, to get off easily from a
trial. [Colloq.]

{To take off}, to mimic or personate.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Off \Off\, interj.
Away; begone; -- a command to depart.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Off \Off\, prep.
Not on; away from; as, to be off one's legs or off the bed;
two miles off the shore. --Addison.

{Off hand}. See {Offhand}.

{Off side}
(Football), out of play; -- said when a player has got in
front of the ball in a scrimmage, or when the ball
has been last touched by one of his own side
behind him.

{To be off color}, to be of a wrong color.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Off \Off\, a.
1. On the farther side; most distant; on the side of an
animal or a team farthest from the driver when he is on
foot; in the United States, the right side; as, the off
horse or ox in a team, in distinction from the {nigh} or
{near} horse or ox; the off leg.

2. Designating a time when one is not strictly attentive to
business or affairs, or is absent from his post, and,
hence, a time when affairs are not urgent; as, he took an
off day for fishing: an off year in politics. ``In the off
season.'' --Thackeray.

{Off side}.
(a) The right hand side in driving; the farther side. See
(b) (Cricket) See {Off}, n.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Off \Off\, n. (Cricket)
The side of the field that is on the right of the wicket

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Edge \Edge\, v. i.
1. To move sideways; to move gradually; as, edge along this

2. To sail close to the wind.

I must edge up on a point of wind. --Dryden.

{To edge away} or {off} (Naut.), to increase the distance
gradually from the shore, vessel, or other object.

{To edge down} (Naut.), to approach by slow degrees, as when
a sailing vessel approaches an object in an oblique
direction from the windward.

{To edge in}, to get in edgewise; to get in by degrees.

{To edge in with}, as with a coast or vessel (Naut.), to
advance gradually, but not directly, toward it.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj 1: not in operation or operational; "the oven is off"; "the
lights are off" [ant: {on}]
2: below a satisfactory level; "an off year for tennis"; "his
performance was off"
3: (of events) no longer planned or scheduled; "the wedding is
definitely off" [syn: {cancelled}] [ant: {on}]
4: in an unpalatable state; "sour milk" [syn: {sour}, {turned}]
5: not performing or scheduled for duties; "He's off every
Tuesday"; "he was off duty when it happened"; "an off-duty
policeman" [syn: {off(p)}, {off duty(p)}, {off-duty(a)}]
adv 1: from a particular thing or place or position; "ran away from
the lion"; " wanted to get away from there"; "sent the
children away to boarding school"; "the teacher waved
the children away from the dead animal"; "went off to
school"; "they drove off"; (`forth' is obsolete as in
"go forth and preach") [syn: {away}, {forth}]
2: at a distance in space or time; "the boat was 5 miles off
(or away)"; "the party is still 2 weeks off (or away)";
"away back in the 18th century" [syn: {away}]
3: no longer on or in contact or attached; "clean off the
dirt"; "he shaved off his mustache"

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