- The definition of an indent is a space that is left when a block of text has been spaced inward further than surrounding text.
A space left when you "tab" to move text inward in a word processing program is an example of an indent.
- To indent is defined as to start a line of text further in on the page than the other text around or below it.
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.
indent definition by Webster's New World
- to cut toothlike points into (an edge or border); notch; also, to join by mating notches
- to make jagged or zigzag in outline
- to sever (a written contract, etc.) along an irregular line, so that the parts may be identified
- to write out (a contract, etc.) in duplicate
- to bind (a servant or apprentice) by indenture
- to space (the first line of a paragraph, an entire paragraph, a column of figures, etc.) in from the regular margin
- to order by an indent
Origin: Middle English endenten ; from Old French endenter or Midieval Latin indentare, both ; from Classical Latin in, in plush dens, tooth
- to form or be marked by notches, points, or a jagged border
- to space in from the margin; make an indention
- to draw up an order or requisition in duplicate or triplicate
- a notch or cut in an edge
- an indenture, or written contract
- a space in from the margin; indention
- an indented line, paragraph, etc.
- Business an order form used in foreign trade and usually drawn up in duplicate or triplicate; specif.,
- any order for foreign merchandise
- an export order to buy certain goods at stated terms
- to make a dent, or slight hollow, in
- to apply (a mark, etc.) with pressure; impress; stamp in
Origin: in- plush dent
indent definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb in·dent·ed, in·dent·ing, in·dents verb, transitive
- To set (the first line of a paragraph, for example) in from the margin.
- a. 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.b. To draw up (a document) in duplicate or triplicate.
- a. To notch or serrate the edge of; make jagged.b. To make notches, grooves, or holes in (wood, for example) for the purpose of mortising.c. To fit or join together by or as if by mortising.
- Chiefly British To order (goods) by purchase order or official requisition.
- To make or form an indentation.
- Chiefly British To draw up or order an indent.
- The act of indenting or the condition of being indented.
- A blank space before the beginning of an indented line: a two-pica indent.
- An indenture.
- A U.S. certificate issued at the close of the American Revolution for interest due on the public debt.
- Chiefly British An official requisition or purchase order for goods.
Origin: Middle English endenten, to notch, from Anglo-Norman and Old French endenter, both from Medieval Latin indentāre : Latin in-, in; see in-2 + Latin dēns, dent-, tooth; see dent- in Indo-European roots.
transitive verb in·dent·ed, in·dent·ing, in·dents