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Definitions of indent

  1.   an order for goods to be exported or imported
  2.   To begin ( a line or lines) at a greater or less distance from the margin; as, to indent the first line of a paragraph one em; to indent the second paragraph two ems more than the first. See Indentation, and Indention.
  3.   ( British) an order for goods to be exported or imported
  4.   To dent; to stamp or to press in; to impress; as, indent a smooth surface with a hammer; to indent wax with a stamp.
  5.   set in from the margin; " Indent the paragraphs of a letter"
  6.   A stamp; an impression.
  7.   A certificate, or intended certificate, issued by the government of the United States at the close of the Revolution, for the principal or interest of the public debt.
  8.   To bind out by indenture or contract; to indenture; to apprentice; as, to indent a young man to a shoemaker; to indent a servant.
  9.   the space left between the margin and the start of an indented line
  10.   make a depression into; " The bicycle dented my car"
  11.   make a dent into
  12.   To make a depression in; cut into points like teeth; in printing or writing, to begin ( a line) with a blank space; notch; bind out to service by a written agreement, as an apprentice.
  13.   A cut or notch in the man gin of anything, or a recess like a notch.
  14.   To contract; to bargain or covenant.
  15.   To indenture.
  16.   To notch; to jag; to cut into points like a row of teeth; as, to indent the edge of paper.
  17.   To make dents in.
  18.   To notch; bind by indenture.
  19.   notch the edge of or make jagged
  20.   To be cut, notched, or dented.
  21.   cut or tear along an irregular line so that the parts can later be matched for authentication; " indent the documents"
  22.   To be notched; to run in and out; to bargain.
  23.   A cut or notch in the margin: a recess like a notch.
  24.   bind by or as if by indentures, as of an apprentice or servant; " an indentured servant"
  25.   To make an order upon; to draw upon, as for military stores.
  26.   Indented.
  27.   To set in from the margin, as a line of type.
  28.   To cut into points like teeth: to notch: ( print.) to begin further in from the margin than the rest of a paragraph.
  29.   To crook or turn; to wind in and out; to zigzag.
  30.   A requisition or order for supplies, sent to the commissariat of an army.
  31.   To notch; to cut into inequalities, like a row of teeth; to make a compact.
  32.   A notch in the margin of anything; an indentation; an indented certificate.
  33.   To notch; to cut on the edge into points like teeth; to bind by indenture; to begin further in from the margin than the rest of a paragraph.

Usage examples for indent

  1. If the blow is a quick one, it may indeed indent the plate without having any straightening effect. ” – Modern Machine-Shop Practice, Volumes I and II by Joshua Rose
  2. When a heading runs over one line, use hanging indention; that is, do not allow the second line to run back to the left- hand margin, but indent it. ” – The Century Handbook of Writing by Garland Greever Easley S. Jones
  3. The second act of the comedy opens in a small cove, an indent of the Bosphorus, out of sight of passing boat- patrols- out of sight, too, of inquisitive wayfarers passing along the highroad from Beicos to Danikeui. ” – The Veiled Lady and Other Men and Women by F. Hopkinson Smith
  4. Furthermore, if A gripped the pipe at or too near to B, it would be apt to indent it. ” – Modern Machine-Shop Practice, Volumes I and II by Joshua Rose
  5. Each wheel marks a continuous line on the soft earth, and with each revolution the knobs make two slight but distinct depressions twelve inches apart; or, if the variety to be planted is a vigorous grower, he uses another set of wheels that indent the ground every fifteen inches. ” – Success With Small Fruits by E. P. Roe
  6. The petals are curled in the following manner;- rest the petal in the palm of the left hand, placing the side that has the triangular spot downwards, press the third finger of the right hand in the centre, and then upon the opposite side strongly indent with the point of the pin. ” – The Royal Guide to Wax Flower Modelling by Emma Peachey
  7. “ To the northward the coast for miles was one continued line of rocky cliffs, affording no chance of life to those who might be dashed upon them; but to the southward of the cliff which formed the promontory opposite to Forster's cottage, and which terminated the range, there was a deep indent in the line of coast, forming a sandy and nearly land- locked bay, small indeed, but so sheltered that any vessel which could run in might remain there in safety until the gale was spent. ” – Newton Forster by Frederick Marryat
  8. The great bays which indent it, running far inland, and the mountain ranges which tower one behind the other, make it impossible to follow anything like a straight line. ” – The Charm of Ireland by Burton Egbert Stevenson
  9. The days were growing shorter rapidly, and the sun hung low in the southern sky when at last the schooner crept into one of the many inlets that indent the coast of Southern Alaska. ” – Masters of the Wheat-Lands by Harold Bindloss
  10. So mild was this kind of servitude, that it was very frequent for foreigners, who carried to America money enough, not only to pay their passage, but to buy themselves a farm, to indent themselves to a master for three years, for a certain sum of money, with a view to learn the husbandry of the country. ” – Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson by Thomas Jefferson
  11. So it is that in all the quiet bays which indent the shores of the great ocean of thought, at every sinking wharf, we see moored the hulks and the razees of enslaved or half- enslaved intelligences. ” – The Complete PG Works of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (The Physician and Poet not the Jurist)
  12. All stage directions have been uniformly formatted to a left uniform indent instead of a right page margin. ” – Yolanda of Cyprus by Cale Young Rice
  13. When the wire has been withdrawn, heat the place where it entered to dull redness, in order to relieve any strain; break off the thin extension, which up to the present has served as a handle, round off the broken edges in the flame, and join on and indent a similar piece of small tubing to the opposite side of the socket; the socket at this stage being shown by f. ” – A Handbook of Laboratory Glass-Blowing by Bernard D. Bolas
  14. O'er the wild hemisphere his glances fly, Its form unfolding as it still draws nigh, As all its salient sides force far their sway, Crowd back the ocean and indent the day. ” – The Columbiad by Joel Barlow
  15. The hundreds of fjords which indent the west coast form another system of waterways, the four largest being the Hardangerfjord, Sognefjord, Porsanger, and Christiania. ” – Due North or Glimpses of Scandinavia and Russia by Maturin M. Ballou
  16. Lastly, we have learnt that the way to get things is to find them lying about; that while it is possible to indent for material, it is also possible to collect it if one takes the trouble. ” – Servants of the Guns by Jeffery E. Jeffery
  17. In traveling by railway from Portland, with your face to the rising sun, you catch occasional glimpses of the ocean, and you receive imperfect impressions of the estuaries that indent her " hundred- harbored" shores; but from the window of a stage- coach journeying at six miles an hour the material and mental eye may receive and fix ideas more distinct and enduring. ” – Nooks and Corners of the New England Coast by Samuel Adams Drake
  18. If you do, you indent the plate, and it will soon be quite impossible to level the instrument properly. ” – From Sail to Steam, Recollections of Naval Life by Captain A. T. Mahan