from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of indenting.
  • n. The condition of being indented.
  • n. The blank space between a margin and the beginning of an indented line.
  • n. Archaic An indentation or dent.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of indenting a line of text by including blank space at the beginning

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Same as indentation, 4.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A dent or denting in; an impressed hollow; a slight depression.
  • n. In type-setting and writing, an indenting or sinking inward by a blank space, as of the beginning of a line beyond that of adjoining lines; hence, any determinate space left before the beginning, or exceptionally after the end, of lines, whether alternating or equal throughout, as in poetry, etc.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the space left between the margin and the start of an indented line


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  • It was made of cheap wood, painted white, and there was an indention in the center of it the size of a fist.

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  •  The fabric flowed over the indention of her obliques and curve of her hips.


  • The lieutenant drew his thumbnail back and forth on the letter in front of him and left a deep indention on the edge.

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  • In the aftermath, there was a perfectly concave indention in the marble floor where Atomahawk had knelt.


  • Unwrap the butter and cut the butter on the small indention.

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  • Count on the outside of the wrapper until you reach the appropriate line, take a knife and gently press on that line, making an indention, but do not pierce through the wrapper just make it so when you take off the wrapper you will see the line.

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  • Next, she offered me an obelisk-shaped piece of jet that fit perfectly into the square indention in the base.

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  • And the lilac scent of my wife's aroma fills my nostrils, and her soft pillow engulfs my head, and the smooshy sleep indention where her body lies on any given night wraps it's arms around me in an embrace of deepest passion.

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  •  After a couple of minutes, Albert opened his eyes and kissed the indention on her chin.

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