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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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 The Classroom app will also see a few smaller upgrades, including the ability to set margins or use hanging indentations in Docs. Makena Kelly, The Verge, "Google is adding ARCore support to the Chromebook Tab 10 with Classroom updates," 7 Aug. 2018 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

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First Known Use of indentation

circa 1728, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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indentedly

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The first known use of indentation was circa 1728

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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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