noun in·den·ta·tion \ˌin-ˌden-ˈtā-shən\

: a space at the beginning of a written line or paragraph

: the act of indenting a line or paragraph

: a cut in or into the edge of something

Full Definition of INDENTATION

a :  an angular cut in an edge :  notch
b :  a recess in a surface
:  the action of indenting :  the condition of being indented
:  dent
:  indention 2b


  1. Our style guidelines call for indentation of the first line of each paragraph.
  2. a coastline with many indentations
  3. There were several small indentations in the surface of the table.

First Known Use of INDENTATION

circa 1728


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INDENTATION Defined for Kids


noun in·den·ta·tion \ˌin-ˌden-ˈtā-shən\

Definition of INDENTATION for Kids

:  a blank or empty space at the beginning of a written or printed line or paragraph
:  a cut or dent in something


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