Part of speech: noun

That part of the visible sea off shore and beyond anchorage ground.

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Usage examples "offing":

  1. Having brought them to the front, however, we must leave them there, the quartermaster with his spy- glass keeping a sharp look out for any stray craft that might appear in the offing. - "Siege of Washington, D.C.", F. Colburn Adams.
  2. During the night a ship on fire in the offing lit up with great vividness the silent waste of waters, and as the flames leaped up the rigging, the sight was very grand. - "Through Five Republics on Horseback", G. Whitfield Ray.
  3. As we climbed to the top of a hill, and I looked back over the blue ocean, now shining brightly in the morning sun, I saw that the storm had ceased; and- I am certain my eyes did not deceive me- I saw in the offing the white canvas of a ship, which I felt sure must be the Drake, probably searching for those who were never to be found. - "Old Jack", W.H.G. Kingston.