Definitions for: Indenture

[n] a contract binding one party into the service of another for a specified term
[n] formal agreement between the issuer of bonds and the bondholders as to terms of the debt
[n] the space left between the margin and the start of an indented line
[n] a concave cut into a surface or edge (as in a coastline)
[v] bind by or as if by indentures, as of an apprentice or servant; "an indentured servant"

Webster (1913) Definition: In*den"ture (?; 135), n. [OE. endenture, OF.
endenture, LL. indentura a deed in duplicate, with indented
edges. See the Note below. See Indent.]
1. The act of indenting, or state of being indented.

2. (Law) A mutual agreement in writing between two or more
parties, whereof each party has usually a counterpart or
duplicate; sometimes in the pl., a short form for
indentures of apprenticeship, the contract by which a
youth is bound apprentice to a master.

The law is the best expositor of the gospel; they are like
a pair of indentures: they answer in every part. --C.

Note: Indentures were originally duplicates, laid together
and intended by a notched cut or line, or else written
on the same piece of parchment and separated by a
notched line so that the two papers or parchments
corresponded to each other. But indenting has gradually
become a mere form, and is often neglected, while the
writings or counterparts retain the name of indentures.

In*den"ture, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Indentured; p.
pr. & vb. n. Indenturing.]
1. To indent; to make hollows, notches, or wrinkles in; to

Though age may creep on, and indenture the brow.

2. To bind by indentures or written contract; as, to
indenture an apprentice.

In*den"ture, v. i.
To run or wind in and out; to be cut or notched; to indent.

Synonyms: indent, indent, indentation, indentation

See Also: bind, blank space, cleft, concave shape, concavity, contract, hold, incurvation, incurvature, notch, obligate, oblige, place, space, written agreement

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