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offset

  1. The difference between the actual value and the desired value (or set point); characteristic of proportional controllers that do not incorporate reset action. Also called drift.
  2. A pipe fitting in the approximate form of a reverse curve or other combination of elbows or bends that brings one section of a line of pipe out of line with, but into a line parallel with, another section.
  3. A pipe joint that has lost its bedding support, causing one of the pipe sections to drop or slip, thus creating a condition where the pipes no longer line up properly.