To indent is defined as to start a line of text further in on the page than the other text around or below it.(verb)
When you press the "Tab" button in a word processing program so the first line of your text starts further inward than the second, this is an example of indent.
The definition of an indent is a space that is left when a block of text has been spaced inward further than surrounding text.(noun)
A space left when you "tab" to move text inward in a word processing program is an example of an indent.
See indent in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME endenten < OFr endenter or ML indentare, both < L in, in + dens, tooth
Origin: in- + dent
See indent in American Heritage Dictionary 4
verb in·dent·ed, in·dent·ing, in·dents verb, transitive
Origin: Middle English endenten, to notch
Origin: , from Anglo-Norman
Origin: and Old French endenter
Origin: , both from Medieval Latin indentāre
Origin: : Latin in-, in; see in-2
Origin: + Latin dēns, dent-, tooth; see dent- in Indo-European roots.
transitive verb in·dent·ed, in·dent·ing, in·dents
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