Definitions for: Indentation

[n] the act of cutting into an edge with toothlike notches or angular incisions
[n] the space left between the margin and the start of an indented line
[n] the formation of small pits in a surface as a consequence of corrosion
[n] a concave cut into a surface or edge (as in a coastline)

Webster (1913) Definition: In`den*ta"tion, n.
1. The act of indenting or state of being indented.

2. A notch or recess, in the margin or border of anything;
as, the indentations of a leaf, of the coast, etc.

3. A recess or sharp depression in any surface.

4. (Print.)
(a) The act of beginning a line or series of lines at a
little distance within the flush line of the column or
page, as in the common way of beginning the first line
of a paragraph.
(b) The measure of the distance; as, an indentation of one
em, or of two ems.

Hanging, or Reverse, indentation, indentation of all
the lines of a paragraph except the first, which is a full

Synonyms: indent, indenture, indenture, pitting, roughness

See Also: blank space, change of shape, cleft, concave shape, concavity, corroding, corrosion, erosion, incurvation, incurvature, notch, place, space

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