noun (1)
in·​dent·​er | \ in-ˈden-tər How to pronounce indenter (audio) \
plural indenters

Definition of indenter

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: something (such as a device or software function) that indents a text or document A text editor … with lots of programming related commands including a very smart indenter.— Steve Oualline


noun (2)
plural indenters

Definition of indenter (Entry 2 of 2)

: a tool used to make a physical impression or indentation The researchers used an indenter … to create microscopic pits on the surface of each molar.— Alexandra Goho

First Known Use of indenter

Noun (1)

2000, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1876, in the meaning defined above

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27 Jan 2020

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“Indenter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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