in·​den·​ta·​tion | \ ˌin-ˌden-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce indentation (audio) \

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

He was born with a chest indentation that makes breathing difficult. Rachel Leingang, azcentral, "For undocumented Arizona high school grad, Yale is more affordable than ASU," 11 June 2019 The muddy spots on the trail feature more oval indentations of grizzly paws than bootprints. Anchorage Daily News, "The sound of silence in Russell Fjord," 8 June 2019 There's something about rolling your thumb around a real, accurately sized d-pad and resting the pads of your thumbs on the little indentations of real NES buttons that feels better and truer than fighting with a tiny Joy-Con. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Hands-on: Switch’s NES controllers offer unmatched old-school authenticity," 13 Dec. 2018 This creates an indentation on that side of the chute, which propels the parachute forward at about 5 knots. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "Everything You Need to Know About Ejecting From a Fighter Jet," 25 Apr. 2017 The test measures the resistance of metal to force using the deformation or depth of indentation that occurs when a penetrator (typically a diamond cone) is pressed into the material. Francine Maroukian, Popular Mechanics, "How To Buy Kitchen Knives Like a Pro," 24 Oct. 2018 Format paragraph Paragraph format options range from line spacing to alignment, indentations, and more. Jd Sartain, PCWorld, "How to create and share custom Style Sheets in Word and PowerPoint," 8 Aug. 2018 Fitbit Charge 3 Price: $149.95 at Amazon Buy The Charge 3's sides are smooth, save for a small indentation on its left edge. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Fitbit Charge 3 review: Peppering a fitness tracker with smartwatch powers," 12 Oct. 2018 Fold overhang under and use a fork to make symmetrical indentations all around rim of crust. Eleanore Park, WSJ, "Recipes From the Golden Age of the Luncheon," 12 Sep. 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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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


in·​den·​ta·​tion | \ ˌin-ˌden-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce indentation (audio) \

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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