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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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Indent \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.]
To notch; to jag; to cut into points like a row of teeth; as, to indent the edge of paper.
To dent; to stamp or to press in; to impress; as, indent a smooth surface with a hammer; to indent wax with a stamp.
[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.
(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.
(Mil.) To make an order upon; to draw upon, as for military stores. [India]
Indent \In*dent"\, v. i.
To be cut, notched, or dented.
To crook or turn; to wind in and out; to zigzag.
To contract; to bargain or covenant.
To indent and drive bargains with the Almighty.
Indent \In*dent"\, n.
A cut or notch in the margin of anything, or a recess like a notch.
A stamp; an impression. [Obs.]
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.
(Mil.) A requisition or order for supplies, sent to the commissariat of an army. [India]
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
early 15c., indenten/endenten "to make notches; to give (something) a toothed or jagged appearance," also "to make a legal indenture," from Old French endenter "to notch or dent, give a serrated edge to," from Medieval Latin indentare "to furnish with teeth," from in- "into, in, on, upon" (see in- (2)) + Latin dens (genitive dentis) "tooth" (see tooth). Related: Indented; indenting. The printing sense is first attested 1670s. The noun is first recorded 1590s, from the verb. An earlier noun sense of "a written agreement" (late 15c.) is described in Middle English Dictionary as "scribal abbrev. of endenture."
n. 1 A cut or notch in the margin of anything, or a recess like a notch. 2 A stamp; an impression. 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. 4 A requisition or order for supplies, sent to the commissariat of an army. vb. 1 (context transitive English) To notch; to jag; to cut into points like a row of teeth; as, to indent the edge of paper. 2 (context intransitive English) To be cut, notched, or dented. 3 To dent; to stamp or to press in; to impress; as, indent a smooth surface with a hammer; to indent wax with a stamp. 4 (context historical English) To cut the two halves of a document in duplicate, using a jagged or wavy line so that each party could demonstrate that their copy was part of the original whole. 5 (context intransitive obsolete English) To enter into a binding agreement by means of such documents; to formally commit (to doing something); to contract. 6 (context transitive obsolete English) To engage (someone), originally by means of indented contracts. 7 (context typography English) To begin (a line or lines) at a greater or lesser 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. Normal indent pushes in a line or paragraph. "hanging indent" pulls the line out into the margin. 8 (context obsolete intransitive English) To crook or turn; to wind in and out; to zigzag. 9 (context military India dated English) To make an order upon; to draw upon, as for military stores.
v. set in from the margin; "Indent the paragraphs of a letter"
cut or tear along an irregular line so that the parts can later be matched for authentication; "indent the documents"
make a depression into; "The bicycle dented my car" [syn: dent]
notch the edge of or make jagged
bind by or as if by indentures, as of an apprentice or servant; "an indentured servant" [syn: indenture]
Indent may refer to:
- indent (Unix), a computer program that formats programming language files with a particular indent style.
- Indent, an addition to a legal contract
- Indent, a genus of moths ( Noctuidae)
- A result of indentation (typesetting), shifting some part of text horizontally.
- Indent (album), is a 1973 free jazz album by Cecil Taylor.
indent is a Unix utility that reformats C and C++ code in a user-defined indent style and coding style. Support for C++ code is considered experimental.
Indent is a live album by Cecil Taylor recorded in Ohio in March 1973 and originally released on Taylor's own Unit Core label as Mysteries and subsequently more widely released on the Arista Freedom label as Indent. It was the first solo piano performance released by Taylor but was recorded over four years after Praxis which saw limited release in 1982.
Usage examples of "indent".
There was a deck of cumulus far below but through big breaks, the pilots could see the deeply indented coastline of the Takao area and the big concrete airdrome of Einansho.
The Epeira takes special pains with the edge of the neck, where she fashions an indented border, the angles of which, prolonged with cords or lines, form the main support of the building.
The boldest, darkest lines of blue and brown, ancient ideogrammatic symbols of fish, bird and conch were extended in the movement of two rounded shoulder-blades from the matt slope of the neck to their perfect centring on the indented line of spine, rippling as shadowless store lighting ran a scale down it.
Going out of the harbor we encounter Pictou Island and Light, and presently see the low coast of Prince Edward Island,--a coast indented and agreeable to those idly sailing along it, in weather that seemed let down out of heaven and over a sea that sparkled but still slept in a summer quiet.
The indents, glad to be outside at last, flopped contentedly on the sand, letting the sun soak into their bodies.
He stood in the dark parking lot, listening to the anxious chatter of the remaining indents, the whining and wailing of their children.
Dallow and a couple of other indents had returned with boxes of doughnuts and a styrofoam coffee urn, most of the people were free.
The indents laughed nervously, comparing the paleness of wrists, waiting for someone to tell them what to do.
No wonder the indents feared freedom, if it meant a constant battle between mind and reflex.
Besides this bay the shores of the island are indented by several other extensive inlets, into which descend broad and verdant valleys.
The special charm of this piece of coast is that it is bold, much broken and indented, precipices fronting the waves, promontories jutting out, high rocky points commanding extensive views, wild and picturesque, and yet softened by color and graceful shore lines, and the forest comes down to the edge of the sea.
It was crossed and recrossed by animal tracks, cleanly imprinted-the paws of dogs and cats, deeply indented hoof marks that could only be those of deer.
The cliffs edge was no longer a regular line but all indented and broken where the Stone Shapers had sent it down onto the Breakers.
A broad shaft of morning light poured through the open doorway in the ceiling of the room which was about thirty feet square, or roughly square, being irregular in shape, one side curving outward, another being indented by what might have been the corner of another building jutting into it, another alcoved by three sides of an octagon, while the fourth was serpentine in contour.
And above the gray band the hat's slopes were indented in direct answer to the cheekbones beneath and their famished angularity.