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. A notch in the margin of anything; an indentation; an indented certificate.
  30. 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.
  31. To be notched; to run in and out; to bargain.
  32. 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