from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A contract binding one party into the service of another for a specified term. Often used in the plural.
- n. A document in duplicate having indented edges.
- n. A deed or legal contract executed between two or more parties.
- n. An official or authenticated inventory, list, or voucher.
- n. Indentation.
- transitive v. To bind into the service of another by indenture.
- transitive v. Archaic To form a small depression in (a surface).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A contract which binds a person to work for another, under specified conditions, for a specified time (often as an apprentice).
- n. A document, written as duplicates separated by indentations, specifying such a contract.
- n. An indentation.
- v. To bind a person under such a contract.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of indenting, or state of being indented.
- n. A mutual agreement in writing between two or more parties, whereof each party has usually a counterpart or duplicate, sometimes with the edges indented for purpose of identification; sometimes in the pl., a short form for indentures of apprenticeship, the contract by which a youth is bound apprentice to a master.
- n. A contract by which anyone is bound to service.
- transitive v. To indent; to make hollows, notches, or wrinkles in; to furrow.
- transitive v. To bind by indentures or written contract.
- intransitive v. To run or wind in and out; to be cut or notched; to indent.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of indenting, or the state of being indented; indentation.
- n. In law: A deed between two or more parties with mutual covenants, having the edge indented for identification and security. See indent, n., 2.
- n. Now, in general, a deed or sealed agreement between two or more parties.
- To indent; wrinkle; furrow.
- To bind by indenture: as, to indenture an apprentice.
- To run in a zigzag course; double in running.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. bind by or as if by indentures, as of an apprentice or servant
- n. a concave cut into a surface or edge (as in a coastline)
- n. the space left between the margin and the start of an indented line
- n. formal agreement between the issuer of bonds and the bondholders as to terms of the debt
- n. a contract binding one party into the service of another for a specified term
Middle English endenture, a written agreement, from Anglo-Norman, from endenter, to indent (from the matching notches on multiple copies of the documents); see indent1.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Of Anglo‐French endenture, of Old French endenteure, from endenter. (Wiktionary)