offshore

Anything offshore happens out at sea — and when you're talking about the wind, offshore means it's blowing toward the land.

During your Caribbean vacation, you might paddle out to an offshore sandbar, a raised area away from the beach. You could also put on fins and a snorkel and check out some offshore coral reefs. Offshore breezes bring cooler air to the coast, and offshore drilling is a method of seeking out underwater oil and gas. If someone has an "offshore bank account," it means they keep their money in a foreign country — probably to avoid paying taxes on it.

Definitions of offshore
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adj (of winds) coming from the land

offshore winds”
Synonyms:
seaward
Antonyms:
inshore, onshore, seaward, shoreward
(of winds) coming from the sea toward the land

adj at some distance from the shore

offshore oil reserves”
“an offshore island”
Synonyms:
marine
relating to or characteristic of or occurring on or in the sea

adv away from shore; away from land

“cruising three miles offshore
Antonyms:
onshore
on or toward the land

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