• WordNet 3.6
    • v indent bind by or as if by indentures, as of an apprentice or servant "an indentured servant"
    • v indent notch the edge of or make jagged
    • v indent make a depression into "The bicycle dented my car"
    • v indent cut or tear along an irregular line so that the parts can later be matched for authentication "indent the documents"
    • v indent set in from the margin "Indent the paragraphs of a letter"
    • n indent the space left between the margin and the start of an indented line
    • n indent an order for goods to be exported or imported
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Leaves of the Sumatra breadfruit tree are notched when they first form, yet have no indentations when the leaves mature.
    • Indent A certificate, or intended certificate, issued by the government of the United States at the close of the Revolution, for the principal or interest of the public debt.
    • Indent A cut or notch in the margin of anything, or a recess like a notch.
    • Indent (Mil) A requisition or order for supplies, sent to the commissariat of an army.
    • Indent A stamp; an impression.
    • Indent To be cut, notched, or dented.
    • Indent (Print) To begin (a line or lines) at a greater or less distance from the margin; as, to indent the first line of a paragraph one em; to indent the second paragraph two ems more than the first. See Indentation, and Indention.
    • Indent To bind out by indenture or contract; to indenture; to apprentice; as, to indent a young man to a shoemaker; to indent a servant.
    • Indent To contract; to bargain or covenant. "To indent and drive bargains with the Almighty."
    • Indent To crook or turn; to wind in and out; to zigzag.
    • Indent To dent; to stamp or to press in; to impress; as, indent a smooth surface with a hammer; to indent wax with a stamp.
    • Indent (Mil) To make an order upon; to draw upon, as for military stores.
    • Indent To notch; to jag; to cut into points like a row of teeth; as, to indent the edge of paper.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The leaf bug of ceylon (phyllum sicci folium) has legs and antennae the color and shape of leaves, has indentations on its body like the vein marks on a leaf, and hangs from branches, swaying in the breeze exactly like a leaf.
    • indent To make a dent or depression in, as by a blow or by pressure; dent or dint.
    • indent To dent or press in; form as a dent or depression.
    • indent To make notches in resembling teeth; cut into points or jags like a row of teeth; notch; jag; serrate.
    • indent Specifically Formerly, to notch the edges of (two copies of a writing, as a deed, covenant, articles of agreement, etc., in which two parties had an interest), as a conventional means of identification and security. It was the custom to write duplicates of the deed or covenant on one sheet, and then cut them apart by a waving or jagged line. One part was given to each party in interest, and its genuineness could be subsequently attested by the coincidence of its indented margin with the indented margin of the other part.
    • indent Hence To covenant or bargain for; transfer by covenant; indenture.
    • indent In type-setting and writing, to throw or sink inward by a blank space in the margin, as the first line of a paragraph; hence, to begin, or exceptionally to begin and end, with a fixed amount of blank space, whether evenly or unevenly, as lines of poetry or of type specially arranged. See indention.
    • indent To move in a zigzag course; wind in and out; double in moving.
    • indent To contract; bargain; make a compact.
    • n indent A cut or notch in the margin, or a recess like a notch; an indentation.
    • n indent A writing, as a deed, covenant, contract, order for goods, articles of agreement, etc., having the edges indented (see indent, transitive verb, 2, 3); hence, any covenant.
    • n indent An indented certificate issued by the United States government at the close of the Revolution, for the principal or interest due on the public debt.
    • n indent A requisition for military stores.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Indent in-dent′ to cut into points like teeth: to notch: to indenture, apprentice:
    • v.i Indent (Shak.) to move in a zigzag course: to bargain: to make a compact
    • n Indent a cut or notch in the margin: a recess like a notch
    • v.t Indent to bind by indentures: to indent
    • v.t Indent in-dent′ (print.) to begin farther in from the margin than the rest of a paragraph
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. endenten, to notch, fit in, OF. endenter, LL. indentare, fr. L. in + dens, dentis, tooth. See Tooth, and cf. Indenture
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Low L. indentāre—L. in, in, dens, dentis, a tooth.


In literature:

Puget Sound, with its numerous inlets, is a deep indentation of the Pacific coast, one hundred miles north of the Columbia.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 101, March, 1866" by Various
It was heavily wooded, and indented with shallow, placid waterways.
"Tarrano the Conqueror" by Raymond King Cummings
The leaves are spreading, much indented, and of a purplish-green color.
"The Field and Garden Vegetables of America" by Fearing Burr
The vessel had struck on the rocks at the entrance to one of those rugged bays with which that coast is everywhere indented.
"The Lighthouse" by R.M. Ballantyne
After an hour's sail they rounded a point, and beyond was the first cove, or indentation along the coast.
"The Wonder Island Boys: Adventures on Strange Islands" by Roger Thompson Finlay
Then draw the hand along the side of the pillows, to make an even indentation, and then smooth and shape the whole outside.
"A Treatise on Domestic Economy" by Catherine Esther Beecher
As a general rule, those leaves with serrated, or deeply cleft and indented edges, lend themselves most readily to decorative treatment.
"Wood-Carving" by George Jack
These words keep the same margin as the paragraph indenting.
"How to Write Letters (Formerly The Book of Letters)" by Mary Owens Crowther
The left-hand margin should be three-quarters of an inch, with paragraph indention an inch more.
"The Etiquette of To-day" by Edith B. Ordway
By this process, it is said, was exposed an indentation in the stone, about one and a half inches by five-eighths of an inch.
"The Book of the Damned" by Charles Fort

In poetry:

Like snow-white tents, their tapering forms
Indent the western sky:
The jewelled gifts of countless storms
Upon their summits lie.
"The Mountains Of Meran At Sunrise" by John Lawson Stoddard
Floods of the thaws of night!
Yon hills, how blear, in raw dun vapour stand.
Ribs of old snow, glazed bluely white,
Indent the sodden land.
"Song The Fourth" by Thomas Aird
And just the Neva’s faithful sentry —
The sphinx with an indented face —
Under the blizzard, fierce and wintry
‘s reminiscent of her birthplace.
"Snow Maiden" by Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Blok
See how she moves in zigzag line,
And draws along her silken twine,
Too soft for touch, for sight too fine,
Nicely cementing:
And makes her polished drapery shine,
The edge indenting.
"The Spider And The Fly" by Patrick Branwell Bronte

In news:

Elastic Response, Buckling , and Instability of Microtubules under Radial Indentation.
Elastic Response, Buckling, and Instability of Microtubules under Radial Indentation.
Manuscript format is to indent the first line of each new paragraph (and to double space).
The Brinell hardness test is an indentation hardness test that can provide useful information about metallic materials.
The Buchholz Indentation Tester BH2000, new from the Paul Gardner Co. Is a standard test for measuring the hardness of coatings.
Comprehensive overview covers complications, treatment of this indentation on the lower back.
Then we noticed that in the second pillow was the indentation of a head.
Some are claiming that a mysterious indentation in a tree in West New York may actually be the miraculous image of the Virgin Mary.
Hewlett-Packard's indentity crisis and the new CEO.
It's called " Bagel Head", where they are injecting saline into their foreheads and making a center indentation, thus resembling a bagel .
Limit of 10 coupons per customer Limit 2 indentical coupons for 2 indentical items No rain checks No BOGO Coupons (Buy 1, Get 1 Free Coupons ) Offer excludes alchohol, tobacco and store coupons .
Later, he and one of the other chefs pour gelatin into indentations made in white silicone blocks by different foods —mussels, shrimp, mushrooms, even rabbit brains, one of Ferran's favorite ingredients.
A family in England noticed an indentation on the floor under their couch.
Reins' Swamp Mover Worm has a flat back that is embellished with a slight indentation that courses from its nose to its tail, and the shape of its tail is novel.
Patented Indent Length Separator.

In science:

We consider a viscoelastic layer bonded to a rigid substrate indented by a flat-ended cylindrical indenter.
Accounting for the thickness effect in dynamic spherical indentation of a viscoelastic layer: Application to non-destructive testing of articular cartilage
Figure 1. (a) Indentation scaling factor for the cylindrical indenter as a function of relative contact radius; (b) Relative error of of the asymptotic approximation (7).
Accounting for the thickness effect in dynamic spherical indentation of a viscoelastic layer: Application to non-destructive testing of articular cartilage
Fig. 1b shows that asymptotic approximation (7) is quite accurate in the range α ∈ (0, 0.6), that is for the indenter diameter less than the layer thickness.
Accounting for the thickness effect in dynamic spherical indentation of a viscoelastic layer: Application to non-destructive testing of articular cartilage
Note here that the substrate effect on the incremental indentation stiffness was considered in the elastic case in (Argatov, 2010).
Accounting for the thickness effect in dynamic spherical indentation of a viscoelastic layer: Application to non-destructive testing of articular cartilage
Further, we consider again the same single indentation test with a prescribed sinusoidal displacement according to the indentation protocol (23).
Accounting for the thickness effect in dynamic spherical indentation of a viscoelastic layer: Application to non-destructive testing of articular cartilage