Definitions for: Indent


[n] the space left between the margin and the start of an indented line
[n] (British) an order for goods to be exported or imported
[v] bind by or as if by indentures, as of an apprentice or servant; "an indentured servant"
[v] notch the edge of or make jagged
[v] make a dent into
[v] cut or tear along an irregular line so that the parts can later be matched for authentication; "indent the documents"
[v] set in from the margin; "Indent the paragraphs of a letter"



Webster (1913) Definition: In*dent", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Indented; p. pr. & vb.
n. Indenting.] [OE. endenten to notch, fit in, OF.
endenter, LL. indentare, fr. L. in + dens, dentis, tooth. See
Tooth, and cf. Indenture.]
1. To notch; to jag; to cut into points like a row of teeth;
as, to indent the edge of paper.

2. To dent; to stamp or to press in; to impress; as, indent a
smooth surface with a hammer; to indent wax with a stamp.

3. [Cf. Indenture.] To bind out by indenture or contract;
to indenture; to apprentice; as, to indent a young man to
a shoemaker; to indent a servant.

4. (Print.) 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.

5. (Mil.) To make an order upon; to draw upon, as for
military stores. [India] --Wilhelm.


In*dent", v. i.
1. To be cut, notched, or dented.

2. To crook or turn; to wind in and out; to zigzag.

3. To contract; to bargain or covenant. --Shak.

To indent and drive bargains with the Almighty.
--South.


In*dent", n.
1. A cut or notch in the man gin of anything, or a recess
like a notch. --Shak.

2. A stamp; an impression. [Obs.]

3. 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. --D. Ramsay. A. Hamilton.

4. (Mil.) A requisition or order for supplies, sent to the
commissariat of an army. [India] --Wilhelm.

Synonyms: dent, indentation, indenture, indenture

See Also: arrange, bend, bind, blank space, cut, deform, format, hit, hold, notch, obligate, oblige, order, place, purchase order, recess, space, turn, twist

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