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


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 (41 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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Google previewThe Business Man's Encyclopedia: a Hip-pocket Business Counsellor-- ...: 3. Business dictionary. 4. Business sytems. 5. Business tables. [4, 161]-314 p. incl. tables, forms (1905)

Indent line one em of type of its own \ 1 measure. Take out broken, worn or disfigured letter or character. Insert period; — often called "proof-reader's 0 period," used in writing for distinctness. Close up letters, parts of words or other v - open ...

Google previewBouvier's Law Dictionary and Concise Encyclopedia (1914)

by John Bouvier, Francis Rawle

INDENT. To cut in the shape of teeth. Deeds of indenture were anciently written on the same parchment or paper as many times as there were parties to the instrument the word chirographum being written between, and then the several copies ...

Google previewThe Domestic Encyclopaedia; Or, A Dictionary of Facts, and Useful Knowledge (1804)

Comprehending a Concise View of the Latest Discoveries, Inventions, and Improvements, Chiefly Applicable to Rural and Domestic Economy. Together with Descriptions of the Most Interesting Objects of Nature and Art; the History of Men and Animals, in a State of Health Or Disease; and Practical Hints Respecting the Arts and Manufactures, Both Familiar and Commercial, Illustrated with Numerous Engravings and Cuts in Five Volumes by Anthony Florian Madinger Willich, James Mease

A wheel of this description, when put on the axle of a cart in the usual way, will of course rest on the edge of the triangular rim of iron above alluded to ; and, on driving the horses forward, will make a small indent m the ground, merely by its ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Londinensis, or, Universal dictionary of arts, sciences, and literature (1811)

To INDENT', v.a. [in and dens, Lat. a tooth.] To mark any thing with inequalities ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Perthensis; or, Universal dictionary of Knowledge. [With] Supp (1816)

by Encyclopaedia Perthensis

is founded Lauders indent charge of plagiarism against the ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Perthensis; Or Universal Dictionary of the Arts, Sciences, Literature, &c. Intended to Supersede the Use of Other Books of Reference (1816)

* To INDENT, v. a. [in and dens, ...

Google previewThe Military Encyclopaedia (1853)

A Technical, Biographical, and Historical Dictionary, Referring Exclusively to the Military Sciences, the Memoirs of Distinguished Soldiers, and the Narratives of Remarkable Battles by Joachim Hayward Stocqueler

Indent (to), a word particularly made use of in India for the despatch of military business. It is of the same import and meaning as to draw upon.

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Sculpting Techniques (2003)

by John Plowman

£ inches apart in the center of the margin and, with the hole punch and hammer, indent the surface of the tin. 9 Position the tin between two pieces of wood, lining up the inner margin on the tin with the top edges of the ...

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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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