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offshore

[awf-shawr, -shohr, of-] /ˈɔfˈʃɔr, -ˈʃoʊr, ˈɒf-/
adverb
1.
off or away from the shore:
They pushed the boat offshore.
2.
at a distance from the shore, on a body of water:
looking for oil offshore.
3.
in a foreign country.
adjective
4.
moving or tending away from the shore toward or into a body of water:
an offshore wind.
5.
located or operating on a body of water, at some distance from the shore:
offshore fisheries.
6.
registered, located, conducted, or operated in a foreign country:
an off-shore investment company; off-shore manufacture of car parts.
Origin
1710-1720
1710-20; off + shore1
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Examples from the web for offshore
  • We drop anchor about a mile offshore from a popular beach.
  • Researchers say this longtime bane of offshore drilling is more cost-efficient than wind and solar.
  • It means making tough decisions about opening new offshore areas for oil and gas development.
  • Many are calling for fewer offshore drilling platforms, while others point out that a moratorium could be even more damaging.
  • The offshore military-exercise zones, known as warning areas, were inactive.
  • New direct-drive turbines promise to lower the cost of offshore wind energy.
  • These same fertilizers are killing offshore waters with runoff.
  • How offshore garbage dumping contributes to ocean dead zones.
  • Thanks to strong offshore breezes, the turbines rotate quite regularly.
  • And new storage options may be opening up, ranging from offshore sediments to basalt, briny aquifers to porous sandstone.
British Dictionary definitions for offshore

offshore

/ˌɒfˈʃɔː/
adjective, adverb
1.
from, away from, or at some distance from the shore
2.
(NZ) overseas; abroad
adjective
3.
sited or conducted at sea as opposed to on land: offshore industries
4.
based or operating abroad in places where the tax system is more advantageous than that of the home country: offshore banking, offshore fund
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offshore in Science
offshore
  (ôf'shôr')   
The relatively flat, irregularly shaped zone that extends outward from the breaker zone to the edge of the continental shelf. The water depth in this area is usually at least 10 m (33 ft). The offshore is continually submerged.
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