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

Look for curved handles and indentations for fingers on smaller tools or modify yours by wrapping them with water pipe insulation, bicycle handles or tape used to wrap golf clubs. oregonlive, "How to create a garden that’s accessible to all," 2 Sep. 2019 As tiny indentations in snowpacks melt, penitentes grow up. Joanna Klein, New York Times, "If Algae Clings to Snow on This Volcano, Can It Grow on Other Desolate Worlds?," 15 July 2019 As part of the traffic plan, District 112 will extend a curb indentation in front of the Elm Place Middle School entrance to allow 20 school buses to line up in a double row in the afternoon. Karen Berkowitz,, "New road drives up Elm Place Middle School transition costs," 13 June 2019 The rockwork that surrounds the village shows its age and its centuries-old history of being inhabited with roof structures, little windows, and indentations. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "How Disney Built a Star Wars Planet," 3 June 2019 Fill that indentation with mini marshmallows and chocolate chips. Brittany Anas, The Know, "What Colorado’s top chefs cook when they go camping," 12 Aug. 2019 Roll the sushi over so the fish faces up and gently pinch the middle of the long sides of the rice to create a slight indentation. Michael A. Gardiner, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Unrushed rice is key to success with homemade sushi," 6 Aug. 2019 The animals are a type of pit viper, and have small indentations in their head, between their eyes and nostrils, which allow them to sense heat. National Geographic, "Copperheads," 22 July 2019 The indentation must be curved with no foreign substance added. Houston Mitchell,, "Dodgers Dugout: A closer look at the first half of the season," 12 July 2019

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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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