indentation

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

Definition of indentation 

1a : 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

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Examples of indentation in a Sentence

Our style guidelines call for indentation of the first line of each paragraph. a coastline with many indentations There were several small indentations in the surface of the table.
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Recent Examples on the Web

With the back of a spoon, make 4 indentations in the tomatoes. Sheryl Julian, BostonGlobe.com, "Recipe: Ham, tomatoes, chiles, and eggs go into this one-pan breakfast for mom," 7 May 2018 Use your thumb to make an indentation at the center of the burger (the resulting dimple will help prevent burger shrinkage). Jim Shahin, charlotteobserver, "The best way to grill a burger keeps it off the grate," 6 July 2018 Use your thumb to make an indentation at the center of the burger (the resulting dimple will help prevent burger shrinkage). Jim Shahin, charlotteobserver, "The best way to grill a burger keeps it off the grate," 6 July 2018 When the doctor pressed a finger into the skin of his feet, the indentation lingered. Washington Post, "For Yemeni mothers, skipped meals and gnawing stomachs," 3 May 2018 Use your thumb to make an indentation at the center of the burger (the resulting dimple will help prevent burger shrinkage). Jim Shahin, charlotteobserver, "The best way to grill a burger keeps it off the grate," 6 July 2018 Use your thumb to make an indentation at the center of the burger (the resulting dimple will help prevent burger shrinkage). Jim Shahin, charlotteobserver, "The best way to grill a burger keeps it off the grate," 6 July 2018 That thought led them to their current design, which is about the size and shape of a fingerling potato with an indentation that hooks onto the package. Alex Davies, WIRED, "Inside X, the Moonshot Factory Racing to Build the Next Google," 11 July 2018 Use your thumb to make an indentation at the center of the burger (the resulting dimple will help prevent burger shrinkage). Jim Shahin, charlotteobserver, "The best way to grill a burger keeps it off the grate," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of indentation

circa 1728, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of indentation was circa 1728

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More Definitions for indentation

indentation

noun

English Language Learners Definition of indentation

: 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

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

Kids Definition of indentation

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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