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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb indent:


Definition of the noun indent

What does indent mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: indents

  1. an order for goods to be exported or imported
  2. the space left between the margin and the start of an indented line

Alternative definition of the noun indent


  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.

Definition of the verb indent

What does indent mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: indented | indenting | indents

  1. set in from the margin
    • example: Indent the paragraphs of a letter
    • lexical domain: Creation - verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing
    • more generic words: arrange / format = set (printed matter) into a specific format
  2. cut or tear along an irregular line so that the parts can later be matched for authentication
    • example: indent the documents
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic word: cut = separate with or as if with an instrument
  3. make a depression into
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonym of indent: dent
    • more generic words: bend / deform / flex / turn / twist = cause (a plastic object) to assume a crooked or angular form
    • entailment: hit = deal a blow to, either with the hand or with an instrument
  4. notch the edge of or make jagged
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic word: notch = cut or make a notch into
    • more specific word: recess = make a recess in
  5. bind by or as if by indentures, as of an apprentice or servant

Alternative definition of the verb indent


  1. [transitive] To notch; to jag; to cut into points like a row of teeth; as, to indent the edge of paper.
  2. [intransitive] 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. [historical] 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. [intransitive, obsolete] To enter into a binding agreement by means of such documents; to formally commit (to doing something).
  6. [transitive, obsolete] To engage (someone), originally by means of indented contracts.
  7. [context: typography] 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. Normal indent pushes in a line or paragraph. "hanging indent" pulls the line out into the margin.
  8. [obsolete, intransitive] To crook or turn; to wind in and out; to zigzag.


"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. The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow states "Taylor is quite stunning in his control of the piano, his wide range of percussive sound and his endurance. As is often true of Cecil Taylor's music, this recital is not for the faint-of-heart, but those with open ears will find it rewarding and certainly stimulating".

  • genre: Free jazz
  • released in (42 years ago)


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.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Indent

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The difference between a TPR and an ordinary indent is that the TPR is made of thicker paper as it has to be handled more and its format will be modified to include the remarks and sanction of the departments concerned. Once the indents ...

Google previewTechnology Application Competencies for K-12 Teachers (2007)

by Chen, Irene

Hanging indent is a paragraph format where the lines are indented a certain distance from the left margin, but the first line is indented a negative amount, so that the first line hangs over the rest of the left alignment. Figure 5.2 is an example of ...

Google previewThe Overland Monthly (1869)

by Bret Harte

New York Indent is a striking evidence of the advance of the western half of the nation when a serial is issued on the Pacific coast that is equal to the best of old, long. established Eastern magazines. — Lawrence | Kan.) Tribune. Its pages ...

Google previewLaser induced damage in optical materials (1990)

proceedings of a symposium sponsored by the American Society for Testing and Materials and by the National Bureau of Standards by United States. National Bureau of Standards, American Society for Testing and Materials, National Institute of Standards and Technology (U.S.)

An indent is a three dimensional object. This instrument measures the impression size using the depth. Hardness numbers reflect entirely the projected surface dimensions of a recovered impression. In metals, recovery primarily reduces the ...

Google previewHow to Write a Master's Thesis (2013)

by Yvonne N. Bui

A hanging indent refers to when the first line of a reference is flushed all the way to the left margin and the rest of the lines are indented half an inch. heading (see also levels Of heading): A heading is the name of a section or subsection used ...

Google previewEuropean Public Law (2003)

by Patrick Birkinshaw

fifth indent refers to the maintenance and strengthening of the acquis communautaire (see p 95 below) and revision of policies and forms of cooperation introduced in the TEU 'with the aim of ensuring the effectiveness of the mechanisms and ...

Google previewComdex Computer Course Kit: Windows Vista With Microsoft Office 2007, Professional Ed (With Cd) (2008)

by Vikas Gupta

An indent is the distance between a margin and the text, not the edge of the page and the text. You can change the indentation of first line as well as entire paragraphs. Spacing is the distance between any two lines in the paragraph. Lefs learn ...

Google previewSupply Chain and Transportation Dictionary (2000)

by Joseph L. Cavinato

INDENT An indent is a comprehensive order transferred from a foreign buyer to a shipper, buying agent, ...

Google previewA Dictionary of M?ori Computer Related Terms (2006)

English - M?ori

increase indent nuku whakanui (msoft) Name of a toolbar ...

Google previewLinux Dictionary

by Binh Nguyen

html INCORE INDC indent indent INternet COntent ...

Google previewRaupo Dictionary of Modern Maori 2nd Edition (2012)

by PM Ryan

deceive, outwit, sly, trick nuke margin indent,bent,plot, ...



The referring court observes that the question whether the Amtsgericht Erding has jurisdiction in the circumstances ofthis case depends on the interpretation of the second indent of article 5(1)(b) of Regulation No 44/2001 . It maintains, with ...

Google previewA Dictionary English and Burmese. - Maulmain, Ranney 1849 (1849)

by Adoniram Judson

aeroeoaësâsecoschëqcßœœärœeëwìcoso ЭВМ" ` ' Indent, v. t. oâacoocßœe'ë» Indebted, ...

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Scrabble value of I1N1D2E1N1T1

The value of this 6-letter word is 7 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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