indenture

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v indenture bind by or as if by indentures, as of an apprentice or servant "an indentured servant"
    • n indenture the space left between the margin and the start of an indented line
    • n indenture a contract binding one party into the service of another for a specified term
    • n indenture formal agreement between the issuer of bonds and the bondholders as to terms of the debt
    • n indenture a concave cut into a surface or edge (as in a coastline)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Indenture A contract by which anyone is bound to service.
    • Indenture (Law) A mutual agreement in writing between two or more parties, whereof each party has usually a counterpart or duplicate, sometimes with the edges indented for purpose of identification; sometimes in the pl., a short form for indentures of apprenticeship, the contract by which a youth is bound apprentice to a master. "The law is the best expositor of the gospel; they are like a pair of indentures : they answer in every part."
    • Indenture The act of indenting, or state of being indented.
    • Indenture To bind by indentures or written contract; as, to indenture an apprentice.
    • Indenture To indent; to make hollows, notches, or wrinkles in; to furrow. "Though age may creep on, and indenture the brow."
    • v. i Indenture To run or wind in and out; to be cut or notched; to indent.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n indenture The act of indenting, or the state of being indented; indentation.
    • n indenture In law: A deed between two or more parties with mutual covenants, having the edge indented for identification and security. See indent, n., 2.
    • n indenture Now, in general, a deed or sealed agreement between two or more parties.
    • indenture To indent; wrinkle; furrow.
    • indenture To bind by indenture: as, to indenture an apprentice.
    • indenture To run in a zigzag course; double in running.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Indenture the act of indenting, indentation:
    • Indenture (law) a deed under seal, with mutual covenants, where the edge is indented for future identification: a written agreement between two or more parties: a contract
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Quotations

  • Ralph Nader
    Ralph Nader
    “This administration is not sympathetic to corporations, it is indentured to corporations.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. endenture, OF. endenture, LL. indentura, a deed in duplicate, with indented edges. See the Note below. See Indent
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Low L. indentāre—L. in, in, dens, dentis, a tooth.

Usage

In literature:

Later on in the year a happy family party went to a solicitor's office to sign George's indentures.
"Chatterbox, 1906" by Various
He was bound to the doctor by a regular indenture.
"Stories of New Jersey" by Frank Richard Stockton
Their immigrant vessels were now filled with laborers, artisans, tradesmen, apprentices and indentured servants.
"Patrician and Plebeian" by Thomas J. Wertenbaker
Indentured servants were not slaves but were servants during the specified period of the contract.
"Mother Earth" by W. Stitt Robinson, Jr.
The firm was known as Messrs. Reynolds, Getley and Company, by virtue of an indenture of co-partnership, dated 1st June, 1764.
"The King's Post" by R. C. Tombs
That all leases, contracts, indentures and similar instruments, products of capitalism, are null and void.
"The Crimson Tide" by Robert W. Chambers
The remainder had been indentured as servants of the Hudson's Bay Company.
"The Red River Colony" by Louis Aubrey Wood
This section of the population was constantly being recruited from the ranks of the indentured servants.
"Virginia under the Stuarts 1607-1688" by Thomas J. Wertenbaker
Indenture enumerating various Lands in Cirencester, 4 Hen.
"Notes and Queries, Number 233, April 15, 1854" by Various
Indenture, July 8, 1802.
"Seaport in Virginia" by Gay Montague Moore
Owing, indeed; but my time'll be out in a week, an I'll get my indentures.
"The Brassbounder" by David W. Bone
Here are your indentures to me; and this is my acceptance for one hundred pounds.
"Tom Burke Of "Ours", Volume I (of II)" by Charles James Lever
Heretofore this land had, as stated, been occupied mostly by indentured slaves.
"A History of the Town of Fairfax" by Jeanne Johnson Rust
But many city apprentices also that had been in brawls or had broken their indentures.
"The Men of the Moss-Hags" by S. R. Crockett
Hence, "to speak by the card" is to speak according to the indentures or written instructions.
"Folk-lore of Shakespeare" by Thomas Firminger Thiselton-Dyer
The necessity for placing him under a stringent contract or indenture is evident.
"The Planters of Colonial Virginia" by Thomas J. Wertenbaker
In the middle a circular indenture was made, to secure the tomahawk to the handle.
"History of the Colony and Ancient Dominion of Virginia" by Charles Campbell
Servants, are those which serve only for a few years, according to the time of their indenture, or the custom of the country.
"The History of Virginia, in Four Parts" by Robert Beverley
Another kind of deed used in selling land is called an indenture.
"Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman" by Albert Sidney Bolles
You can count the small indentures and nail-heads in the very keel.
"With the World's Great Travellers, Volume 2" by Various
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In poetry:

CARMELA
Even with this kiss, as once my father did,
I seal the sweet indentures of delight;
Before I break my vow the Gods forbid,
No, not by day, nor yet by darksome night.
"Menaphon: Doron's Eclogue" by Robert Greene

In news:

She sailed from Calcutta to the Caribbean in 1903 as an indentured servant.
The Story of Indenture and Informal Adoption in American Literature.
Book takes look at history of indentured servants in U.S.
Are We Addicted to Gadgets or Indentured to Work.
Law Grads Now ' Indentured Servants' to US Government.
H-1B Workers Are in a State of Indentured Servitude.
Behind Dubai's Can-Do Spirit: Must-Do ' Indentured Servitude'.
H-1B Workers Are in a State of Indentured Servitude .
Behind Dubai's Can-Do Spirit: Must-Do 'Indentured Servitude '.
Popular Korean novelist Kim (I Have the Right to Destroy Myself) chronicles the woeful tale of 1,033 Korean immigrants, who unknowingly sold themselves into indentured servitude.
Reba Descended From Indentured Servant—and a Slave Owner .
History repeats itself as temporary indentured Chinese workers come to B.C.
The news is being furnished pursuant to the Indenture governing the Company's 12¼% Senior Secured Notes due 2016 (the "Notes").
First up is "Obama's Game of Chicken," a piece in the Washington Monthly that tells the story of how small chicken farmers are now practically indentured servants to big poultry processors.
The abolition of slavery led to black settlement of urban areas and the importation of indentured servants from India to work the sugar plantations.
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In science:

Cox, Valuing corporate securities: Some effects of bond indenture provisions. J.
Counterparty risk valuation for CDS
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