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Definition of "indent" []

  • To set (the first line of a paragraph, for example) in from the margin. (verb-transitive)
  • To cut or tear (a document with two or more copies) along an irregular line so that the parts can later be matched for establishing authenticity. (verb-transitive)
  • To draw up (a document) in duplicate or triplicate. (verb-transitive)
  • To notch or serrate the edge of; make jagged. (verb-transitive)
  • To make notches, grooves, or holes in (wood, for example) for the purpose of mortising. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "indent" in a sentence
  • "The other side bore an indent which is known as the punch-mark."
  • "In Dreamweaver, if you select some text and click 'Indent Text' in the Properties Inspector you get a blockquote - want to 'indent' some more?"
  • "It has stanzas because the paragraphs don't indent."