There are 2 definitions of indent in English:

indent1

Line breaks: in¦dent

verb

Pronunciation: /ɪnˈdɛnt
 
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[with object]
  • 1Start (a line of text) or position (a block of text) further from the margin than the main part of the text: type a paragraph of text and indent the first line
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    • It begins with a line containing ‘help’, followed by a number of lines of help text that are indented two spaces from the help line.
    • However, indenting a line with any whitespace means that it continues the data from the previous line.
    • It is traditional to place extra colons at the beginning and end of each field when they are given on separate lines, as in this example, with all continuation lines indented by a tab.
    Synonyms
    move to the right, move further from the margin, start in from the margin
  • 2Form deep recesses or notches in (a line or surface): a coastline indented by many fjords
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    • The Brinell hardness test consists in indenting the metal surface with a 10-mm-diameter steel ball at a load of 3,000 kg mass.
    • To measure the complex microrheology of the cells, beaded probes were used to indent the surface at a specified location on each cell.
    • The Giant's Causeway is off the north coast and Belfast Lough indents the south-east coastline.
    Synonyms
    notch, nick, make an indentation in, make notches/nicks in, scallop, serrate, pink, cut, scratch, gash, slit, snick, gouge, groove, furrow, dent; mark, score, incise, carve, engrave, deboss
  • 4 historical Divide (a document drawn up in duplicate) into its two copies with a zigzag line, thus ensuring identification and preventing forgery.
  • 4.1Draw up (a legal document) in exact duplicate.

noun

Pronunciation: /ˈɪndɛnt
 
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  • 1British An official order or requisition for goods: Hawthorn refused to approve the indent for silk scarves
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    • There was no question of indents or authorities to be consulted before delivering, and the system worked well.
    • The indent, in effect, became a series of indents for planning future movements of trade goods and supplies, and related trading activities.
    • Physical inventories were recorded annually (1 June), and served as the starting point for the indents.
    Synonyms
    order, requisition, purchase order, request, call, application; claim, demand, summons
  • 2A space left by indenting text: six-character indents
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    • While typing text, this program automatically indents for you.
    • Visually, I want the terms to appear a bit like the headings so I have given them a small, negative text indent and the same color as the headings.
    • Type ‘set shiftwidth = 4’ to make all indentation commands use a four-space indent.
  • 3An indentation: every indent in the coastline
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    • The man pointed a mittened hand deeper into the indent in the rock walls.
    • There was a deep indent in the cement, however there was nothing in the hole.
    • With the side of your hand make a deep indent into each ball of dough slightly off centre.
  • 4An indenture.
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    • The Commission possesses two kinds of judicial powers, which are based on the first indent to Article 211.
    • The indents which follow include a reference to telecommunication services.
    • They shall take all appropriate measures they deem necessary to prevent any indirect discharge of substances in list I due to activities other than those mentioned in the second indent.

Derivatives

indentor

noun
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  • Vickers indentors are more symmetric and better suited for particle hardness measurements.
  • The Vickers hardness test operates on similar principles, the major difference being the use of a square based pyramidal diamond indentor rather than a hardened steel ball.
  • It is very essential that materials required by these indentors are received by them regularly to avoid any dislocation in their work.

Origin

late Middle English (as a verb in the sense 'give a zigzag outline to, divide by a zigzag line'): from Anglo-Norman French endenter or medieval Latin indentare, from en-, in- 'into' + Latin dens, dent- 'tooth'.

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There are 2 definitions of indent in English:

indent2

Line breaks: in¦dent
Pronunciation: /ɪnˈdɛnt
 
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verb

[with object]
  • Make a dent or impression in (something): sometimes voting-hole rectangles are merely indented by the voter’s stylus
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    • We were engulfed by the sudden darkness, and I leaned out the window to press on a slightly indented part of the wall - a button for the secret underground compartment.
    • I try again, pressing harder, but the back of the knife handle indents my forefinger much more readily than the cutting edge scores the rock.
    • Wake up, get out of bed, remove your butt from that indented sofa cushion and take a long overdue vacation from ‘media land!’

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