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from The Century Dictionary.

  • Having the edge or margin cut into points like teeth; zigzag: as, an indented paper; an indented molding. Indented moldings are a common ornamental feature in medieval architecture.
  • Specifically In entomology: Having one or more angular notches: said of margins and of the edges of color-marks.
  • Having one or more sharp depressions: as, an indented stria or surface.
  • In heraldry, like dancetté, but cut with smaller teeth: thus, a fesse indented will have eight or nine points, as opposed to three or four of dancetté. Also inraced and danché.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Cut in the edge into points or inequalities, like teeth; jagged; notched; stamped in; dented on the surface.
  • adjective Having an uneven, irregular border; sinuous; undulating.
  • adjective (Her.) Notched like the part of a saw consisting of the teeth; serrated.
  • adjective Bound out by an indenture; apprenticed; indentured.
  • adjective (Zoöl.) Notched along the margin with a different color, as the feathers of some birds.
  • adjective (Fort.) a line with alternate long and short faces, with salient and receding angles, each face giving a flanking fire along the front of the next.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb Simple past tense and past participle of indent.

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