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Definitions of indent

  1.   make a dent into
  2.   set in from the margin Indent the paragraphs of a letter
  3.   the space left between the margin and the start of an indented line
  4.   British an order for goods to be exported or imported
  5.   bind by or as if by indentures as of an apprentice or servant an indentured servant
  6.   notch the edge of or make jagged
  7.   cut or tear along an irregular line so that the parts can later be matched for authentication indent the documents
  8.   an order for goods to be exported or imported
  9.   make a depression into The bicycle dented my car
  10.   To notch to jag to cut into points like a row of teeth as to indent the edge of paper
  11.   To dent to stamp or to press in to impress as indent a smooth surface with a hammer to indent wax with a stamp
  12.   To bind out by indenture or contract to indenture to apprentice as to indent a young man to a shoemaker to indent a servant
  13.   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
  14.   To make an order upon to draw upon as for military stores
  15.   To be cut notched or dented
  16.   To crook or turn to wind in and out to zigzag
  17.   To contract to bargain or covenant
  18.   A cut or notch in the man gin of anything or a recess like a notch
  19.   A stamp an impression
  20.   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
  21.   A requisition or order for supplies sent to the commissariat of an army
  22.   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
  23.   Indented
  24.   To cut into points like teeth to notch print to begin further in from the margin than the rest of a paragraph
  25.   A cut or notch in the margin a recess like a notch
  26.   To notch bind by indenture
  27.   To make dents in
  28.   To indenture
  29.   To set in from the margin as a line of type
  30.   A notch in the margin of anything an indentation an indented certificate
  31.   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
  32.   To be notched to run in and out to bargain
  33.   To notch to cut into inequalities like a row of teeth to make a compact

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. 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
  3. 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)
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. “ 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
  7. 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
  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. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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