Updated: 10/11/2017 by Computer Hope

In computer science, offset describes the location of a piece of data in relation to another location. For example, when a program is accessing an array of bytes, the fifth byte is offset from the beginning of the array by four bytes. If the array contained data that is meant to be read 32 bits at a time, element n would be offset from the start of the array by 4 * (n - 1) bytes.

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