indentation

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

Definition of indentation

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

Examples of indentation in a Sentence

  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.

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First Known Use of indentation

circa 1728


INDENTATION Defined for English Language Learners

indentation

noun

Definition of indentation for English Language Learners

  • : 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


INDENTATION Defined for Kids

indentation

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

Definition of indentation for Students

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


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