indent


1in·dent

verb \in-ˈdent\

Definition of INDENT

transitive verb
1
a :  to divide (a document) so as to produce sections with irregular edges that can be matched for authentication
b :  to draw up (as a deed) in two or more exactly corresponding copies
2
:  to notch the edge of :  make jagged
3
:  indenture
4
:  to set (as a line of a paragraph) in from the margin
5
chiefly British :  to order by an indent
intransitive verb
1
obsolete :  to make a formal or express agreement
2
:  to form an indentation
3
chiefly British :  to make out an indent for something
in·dent·er noun
indent on
1
chiefly British :  to make a requisition on
2
chiefly British :  to draw on

Origin of INDENT

Middle English, from Anglo-French endenter, from en- + dent tooth, from Latin dent-, dens — more at tooth
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Handicraft Terms

biscuit, darn, tambour, wrought

2in·dent

noun \in-ˈdent, ˈin-ˌ\

Definition of INDENT

1
a :  indenture 1
b :  a certificate issued by the United States at the close of the American Revolution for the principal or interest on the public debt
2
chiefly British
a :  an official requisition
b :  a purchase order for goods especially when sent from a foreign country
3
:  indention

First Known Use of INDENT

15th century

3in·dent

verb \in-ˈdent\

Definition of INDENT

transitive verb
1
:  to force inward so as to form a depression
2
:  to form a dent in
in·dent·er noun

Origin of INDENT

Middle English endenten, from en- + denten to dent
First Known Use: 15th century

4in·dent

noun \in-ˈdent, ˈin-ˌ\

Definition of INDENT

First Known Use of INDENT

1596

Other Printing Terms

epigraph, errata, leader, mechanical, notch, tittle, underscore, widow

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