Definition of offshore in English:

offshore

adverb & adjective

  • 1Situated at sea some distance from the shore.

    as adverb ‘we dropped anchor offshore’
    as adjective ‘this huge stretch of coastline is dominated by offshore barrier islands’
    • ‘As long as Aboriginal people have been living near the Great Barrier Reef, they have traveled to offshore islands and reefs.’
    • ‘Two Weddell seals lay on the beach and a leopard seal lurked just offshore.’
    • ‘We could be gone by the morning to some calypso coast - an island offshore where even the waves are dancing and where the fish most surely will be leaping.’
    • ‘The developers have also built 300 islands, 4km offshore, in the shape of a map of the world.’
    • ‘Here the land slopes down to the sea, forming complicated estuaries with the towering mountains of Achill Island just offshore.’
    • ‘A little island offshore houses monks and seals.’
    • ‘But a country's landmass often extends far offshore geologically, well beyond its coastline.’
    • ‘Today, hotels are still scarce, but as many as 30 or 40 live-aboard boats are often moored offshore.’
    • ‘She was discovered two miles offshore, despite dense fog, by a surprised fisherman.’
    • ‘A couple of miles offshore is Pigeon Island, breeding ground for the Blue Rock Pigeon.’
    • ‘Bluehead wrasses live in tropical waters, often around coral reefs, as well as offshore reefs.’
    • ‘Aid agencies say the loss of 3,300 fishing trawlers, which also doubled as transport for tourists visiting offshore islands, affects tens of thousands of families.’
    • ‘As all land was already owned, there was no room for an expanding population, so new islands were established on sandbars a short distance offshore, where the air was cool and mosquito-free.’
    • ‘If only they had chosen Golden Island five miles offshore it could all have been so different.’
    • ‘When you are 50 miles offshore and the electronics fail you can be killed.’
    • ‘Over the past week or so the fishing has remained very good out off the south end of Bowen Island, but anglers are finding the fish quite a distance offshore.’
    • ‘In addition, there are several island groups offshore, notably the Hebrides, Shetland, and Orkney Islands.’
    • ‘Britain has the best untapped offshore wind resources in Europe - enough to meet its energy needs three times over.’
    • ‘Denmark has the world's two largest offshore wind parks and generates an estimated 15 percent of its power from wind turbines.’
    • ‘Indeed, one of the province's main tourism attractions is the popular offshore snorkeling on Bunaken islands.’
    1. 1.1 (of the wind) blowing toward the sea from the land.
      • ‘Horrified onlookers could only watch, as an offshore wind blew their flimsy dinghy vessel, into deeper water.’
      • ‘The swell built to 10 foot faces, and an offshore wind held up the waves, creating perfect conditions for getting barreled.’
      • ‘On the strip between the ocean and coastal mountains, offshore winds carry moisture-laden air which is dumped onto the land.’
      • ‘High offshore winds in the Coromandel area and plentiful mackerel near the coast may have been factors in that stranding, she was quoted as saying.’
      • ‘They can be taken quickly out from the beach in offshore wind and tidal conditions.’
      • ‘The surf was 4-5ft throughout the event, with light offshore winds on the final day.’
      • ‘When we moved the boat closer, I could see the swell was really up with offshore winds.’
      • ‘When these photos were taken the surf was about 12 foot with a slight offshore breeze.’
      • ‘The offshore wind catches the sail on which the main sheet appears to be cleated, and the boat capsizes across the shore.’
      • ‘Coastal currents, onshore and offshore winds, reefs, bays and the shape of the shoreline are some of the things sailors have to deal with in this zone.’
      • ‘The spray from the offshore wind was blowing over the backside.’
      • ‘The building is oriented to the southwest, and vertical arrays of solar panels protect the exterior courtyards from the brunt of offshore wind gusts.’
      • ‘A strong offshore wind can tear away young ice all the way to the beach, leaving open water even when winter temperatures are low.’
      • ‘Winds blowing offshore push water away from the shore.’
      • ‘At last, with the sun at their backs and a brisk offshore breeze speeding them along, their journey across the equatorial Atlantic had begun.’
      • ‘People in the area at the time of the tragedy said an offshore wind had blown the inflatable away from the shore.’
      • ‘When there are waves, what are the chances that we will get an offshore wind that does not actually blow the waves over?’
      • ‘If it must be wind then I'd prefer offshore wind far enough from the coastline that it is not visible from land.’
      • ‘A 19-year-old friend of the family swam out to bring back the inflatable boat but struggled against the strong offshore breeze.’
      • ‘‘It was warm with a wave height of around 1 to 1.5 metres and offshore winds that held the face of the wave up,’ he said.’
    2. 1.2 Relating to the business of extracting oil or gas from the seabed.
      ‘offshore drilling’
      • ‘The best outcome would be if the president did for California what he did for Florida, which got permanent protection from offshore oil drilling.’
      • ‘Bush has been a proponent of offshore drilling as a way to alleviate energy concerns.’
      • ‘Rhodri Thomas, Woodmac's North Sea oil expert, said the oil giants would still have a number of key roles in the UK's offshore industry.’
      • ‘We had two such studies last week, one on the state of Scotland's financial services sector followed by a very upbeat reassessment of the prospects for our offshore oil and gas industry.’
      • ‘The company makes hydraulic equipment such as winches and cranes, for the fishing and offshore industries.’
      • ‘Williams, a self-made millionaire, has interests in the offshore oil industry, telecommunications and tourism.’
      • ‘But certain industries, including the offshore oil and gas industry, were given a five-year exemption to give them time to adapt to the changes.’
      • ‘The birds may be fatally attracted to lighthouses, offshore drilling platforms, and the high-intensity lamps used by fishermen to lure squid to the surface.’
      • ‘Gregory bristles with pride when, for example, he says the world leading expert on the West African offshore industry is among their ranks.’
      • ‘He owns pharmaceutical companies, defense contractors, offshore oil drilling operations.’
      • ‘As well as large passenger vessels, he has also identified the offshore oil business and the cargo industry as likely targets.’
      • ‘We built gravel islands for offshore oil rigs, ferried crews, and hauled prefabricated processing facilities up from the lower 48.’
      • ‘The Santa Barbara spill, say environmentalists, turned California against offshore drilling.’
      • ‘Another 4000 km pipeline is being built to bring offshore gas from Hainan Island to the southern and eastern coasts.’
      • ‘A minor oil spill has not marred what has been a successful offshore oil drilling operation at Dongara, according to the major stakeholder company.’
      • ‘Caley had a reputation for reliability, versatility and innovation, primarily within the offshore and marine industries.’
      • ‘‘We then turned our attention to the offshore oil-and-gas industry, a very difficult market to break into,’ said White.’
      • ‘‘I'd say about 90% of our revenues come from the offshore oil industry,’ he says.’
      • ‘It is estimated that decommissioning activities will require up to 50,000 trained personnel, and will extend beyond the nuclear industry to chemical and offshore facilities as well.’
      • ‘He is a world leader in the manufacture of high quality lifting, mooring and access equipment for use in the offshore and marine industries.’
  • 2Made, situated, or conducting business abroad, especially in order to take advantage of lower costs or less stringent regulation.

    as adjective ‘deposits in offshore accounts’
    • ‘They are right that offshore outsourcing deserves attention and that some measures to assist affected workers are called for.’
    • ‘There are also problems with staffing levels, branch closures and jobs moving offshore.’
    • ‘Companies sent production offshore even as growth returned.’
    • ‘The crooks pay up on small claims until they have collected enough premiums to pad their offshore bank accounts.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, there is more to trading offshore than just registering your company elsewhere.’
    • ‘The business of making offshore films in Canada continues to be a big - news item.’
    • ‘They want to save taxes through a complex scheme involving an offshore tax haven.’
    • ‘The decision to target the collection was taken when it was discovered that his other assets are registered offshore.’
    • ‘The group believes the banks should take responsibility for advising the setting up bogus accounts and offshore trusts.’
    • ‘As more call centers move offshore, companies are starting to outsource the monitoring, too.’
    • ‘A lot of corporates and individuals hold offshore accounts legitimately.’
    • ‘Investors were asked to send money offshore but later had difficulties recovering their investments, the commission said.’
    • ‘Most of the focus was on the traditional manufacturing jobs that were going offshore.’
    • ‘We should bar the government from signing contracts with any corporation that has moved offshore to avoid paying U.S. taxes.’
    • ‘The very best they can hope for is a multi-billion dollar industry going offshore.’
    • ‘As you pointed out, these are industries that go offshore.’
    • ‘Most of their business was funnelled offshore to avoid high tax regimes.’
    • ‘The first article looks at the effect that offshore outsourcing is having on medical transcription.’
    • ‘If offshore outsourcing is not the cause of sluggish job growth, what is?’
    • ‘Extensive use of offshore accounts has been uncovered during previous investigations by the Revenue.’
    1. 2.1 Of or derived from a foreign country.
      as adjective ‘offshore politics’
      • ‘Only 30 percent of the claimed investment had to come from offshore, meaning little foreign exchange would flow into the country.’
      • ‘I see from the commentary that it relates to 6 years of income earned by foreign companies for offshore surveys for possible petroleum fields.’
      • ‘The funds are believed to have been channelled to the Chavez camp through an offshore company on the island of Curacao.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Relocate (a business or department) to a foreign country to take advantage of lower costs.

    ‘firms had offshored some activities by early 2004’
    • ‘Our white-collar jobs are being offshored, and the possibility of lifetime employment is evaporating before our eyes.’
    • ‘The workers warn that customers will suffer when support is offshored to Hungary or China.’
    • ‘I'd know it's time for me to adjust and find a different job that can't easily be offshored.’
    • ‘This is also having a chilling effect on students deciding whether to study these disciplines that can be easily offshored.’
    • ‘Germany is top job exporter in Europe - it has offshored $48.2bn worth of jobs since the trend began.’
    • ‘Its remit was to study the issues affecting the UK call centre industry and its capability to respond to global pressures, particularly the issue of jobs being offshored.’
    • ‘When we do invent something, production is offshored and the UK operation consists of 50 highly paid designers and a few bean counters and marketing men.’
    • ‘That said, there are plenty of jobs where it makes sense for them to be offshored.’
    • ‘As more service jobs are offshored, however, that surplus is shrinking rapidly too, declining from $90 billion to $60 billion over the past seven years.’
    • ‘Insiders fear much of this internal work is to be offshored to countries such as India as the telco seeks to cut overheads.’
    • ‘I'm pretty sure teachers can't be offshored, but if I start seeing big-screen TVs in my classes, I am going to be worried.’
    • ‘More than a million and a half jobs have been offshored as multinational buccaneers move plants and assembly lines to countries whose workers are paid poverty wages.’
    • ‘In the US, figures are even higher with predictions of 3.3 million ‘non-farm jobs’ being offshored by 2015.’
    • ‘After her position was offshored, the systems analyst took on three jobs: as a cell phone customer-care rep, a department-store clerk, and a real-estate agent.’
    • ‘Support staff for the IT department such as procurement are also likely to be offshored.’
    • ‘The firm offshores some GIS work to India, while programming activities are done for U.S. clients in Ukraine.’
    • ‘The newspaper discovered that numerous UK mainframe support staff lost their jobs as a result of these actions and that IBM offshored the work to South Africa.’
    • ‘Ironically, the story is about some workers whose jobs were offshored, who came up with the gimmick of selling themselves on eBay.’
    • ‘Now that some of those jobs are being offshored, it's those markets that will be most affected by that activity.’
    • ‘Students don't want to study computing anymore because all the jobs are being offshored.’

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