What does the word offset mean?

Usage examples for offset

  1. One can seldom, if ever, offset the mistakes of brooding time by the best of attention later on. – Pratt's Practical Pointers on the Care of Livestock and Poultry by Pratt Food Co.
  2. On such rare afternoons the ugliest of cities becomes the most poetic, and months of sodden days are offset by a moment of miracle. – Alexander's Bridge and The Barrel Organ by Willa Cather and Alfred Noyes