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Meaning of INDENT

Pronunciation:  [n]'indent, [v]in'dent, in'dent

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the space left between the margin and the start of an indented line
  2. [n]  (British) an order for goods to be exported or imported
  3. [v]  bind by or as if by indentures, as of an apprentice or servant; "an indentured servant"
  4. [v]  notch the edge of or make jagged
  5. [v]  make a dent into
  6. [v]  cut or tear along an irregular line so that the parts can later be matched for authentication; "indent the documents"
  7. [v]  set in from the margin; "Indent the paragraphs of a letter"

INDENT is a 6 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: dent, indentation, indenture, indenture
 See Also: arrange, bend, bind, blank space, cut, deform, format, hit, hold, notch, obligate, oblige, order, place, purchase order, recess, space, turn, twist



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \In*dent"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Indented}; p. pr. & vb.
    n. {Indenting}.] [OE. endenten to notch, fit in, OF.
    endenter, LL. indentare, fr. L. in + dens, dentis, tooth. See
    {Tooth}, and cf. {Indenture}.]
    1. To notch; to jag; to cut into points like a row of teeth;
       as, to indent the edge of paper.
    2. To dent; to stamp or to press in; to impress; as, indent a
       smooth surface with a hammer; to indent wax with a stamp.
    3. [Cf. {Indenture}.] To bind out by indenture or contract;
       to indenture; to apprentice; as, to indent a young man to
       a shoemaker; to indent a servant.
    4. (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}.
    5. (Mil.) To make an order upon; to draw upon, as for
       military stores. [India] --Wilhelm.
  2. \In*dent"\, v. i.
    1. To be cut, notched, or dented.
    2. To crook or turn; to wind in and out; to zigzag.
    3. To contract; to bargain or covenant. --Shak.
             To indent and drive bargains with the Almighty.
  3. \In*dent"\, n.
    1. A cut or notch in the man gin of anything, or a recess
       like a notch. --Shak.
    2. A stamp; an impression. [Obs.]
    3. 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. --D. Ramsay. A. Hamilton.
    4. (Mil.) A requisition or order for supplies, sent to the
       commissariat of an army. [India] --Wilhelm.
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