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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of indent.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Cut in the edge into points or inequalities, like teeth; jagged; notched; stamped in; dented on the surface.
  • adj. Having an uneven, irregular border; sinuous; undulating.
  • adj. Notched like the part of a saw consisting of the teeth; serrated.
  • adj. Bound out by an indenture; apprenticed; indentured.
  • adj. Notched along the margin with a different color, as the feathers of some birds.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • 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.


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  • Sheraton describes the tenderly crusty roll as “characterized by an indented center well that is ringed by a softer, higher rim, all generously flecked with toasted onions and, at its most authentic, with a showering of poppy seeds.”

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  • We have had two elections in Brockton that have turned on the ability of the election officials and judges to count the so-called indented chads.

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  • American books of history have said much about the so-called indented women who promised for their ship fare from England to serve a certain number of months or years on the Virginia plantations; but the early records of the colonies really offer rather scant information.

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  • This contract was by deed indented, which occasioned them to be called indented servants.


  • The board used a flexible standard that said totality of the circumstances when it clearly appears a chad is separated from the card or, in circumstances where it's not separated from the card, the remainder of the ballot appears to reflect the same type of intent from vote to vote, and the example is -- and you may have seen this from interviews from the chairman of the canvassing board on -- on television -- where an imperfectly punched ballot was reviewed by the canvassing board, known as the indented chad or the dimpled chad, and the canvassing board saw no other evidence of that type of indentation throughout the remainder of the voting, the board determined that the intent to vote was not fully formed and provable for that presidential race and, therefore, it did not count as a vote.

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  • The room is remarkably similar to room XLIV, as its walls consist of the same material: mortared rubble sections alternating with layers of brick and tuff blocks which were used to produce the same kind of indented pilasters in the corners.

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  • The first paragraph isn’t indented, which is slightly problematic, but the second and further paragraphs are indented, around 108 pixels or 30 some pixels from the edge of the left margin.

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  • But all "indented" or bond servants were not criminals.

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  • Men, women, and children were brought out and sold for terms of years, at the close of which they became free, and many of the, most respectable people in the Middle States are descended from "indented"

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  • It bulks above long moorland valleys, its northern face hollowed and indented by some of the finest Welsh cwms.

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