Entry from US English dictionary
Indentation of a paragraph in which all lines except the first are indented.
- It is easier to look for a particular reference in a list of hanging paragraphs than in a list of ordinary paragraphs.
- This method obviously fails if no break occurs in subsequent lines, but it works for the common, idiomatic use of hanging paragraphs in manual pages.
- This made it very easy to create very nice bullet lists, and the user never had to worry about ‘negative indents’ and hanging paragraphs and stuff like that.
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Syllabification: hang·ing in·dent
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