[awf-glahyd, of-] /ˈɔfˌglaɪd, ˈɒf-/
a transitional sound produced as the vocal organs move from a previous speech sound to an inactive position or to the position of a following sound.
the final, weaker part of a complex vowel, such as a diphthong, as the (i) sound of the (oi) in boy.
(phonetics) a glide caused by the movement of the articulators away from their position in articulating the previous speech sound Compare on-glide
adjective 1. not involving or requiring the use of mainstream sources of energy adjective See off the grid
[gahrd] /gɑrd/ verb (used with object) 1. to keep safe from harm or danger; protect; watch over: to guard the ruler. 2. to keep under close watch in order to prevent escape, misconduct, etc.: to guard a prisoner. 3. to keep under control or restraint as a matter of caution or prudence: to guard one’s […]
[awf-hand, of-] /ˈɔfˈhænd, ˈɒf-/ adverb 1. cavalierly, curtly, or brusquely: to reply offhand. 2. without previous thought or preparation; extempore: to decide offhand to take a trip. adjective 3. informal, casual, curt, or brusque: an offhand manner. 4. Also, offhanded. done or made offhand. 5. Glassmaking. working manually and without the use of molds: offhand […]
adv. also offhand, 1690s, “at once, straightway,” from off (adv.) + hand (n.). Probably originally in reference to shooting without a rest or support. Hence, of speech or action, “unpremeditated” (1719). Related: Off-handed; off-handedly.