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indent
indent (v.) early 15c., indenten/endenten "to make notches; to give (something) a toothed or jagged appearance," also "to make a legal indenture," from O.Fr. endenter "to notch or dent, give a serrated edge to," from M.L. indentare "to furnish with teeth," from in- "into, in, on, upon" (see IN- (Cf. in-) (2)) + L. dens (gen. dentis) "tooth" (see TOOTH (Cf. tooth)). Related: Indented; indenting. The printing sense is first attested 1670s. The noun is first recorded 1590s, from the verb. An earlier noun sense of "a written agreement" (late 15c.) is described in Middle English Dictionary as "scribal abbrev. of endenture."

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  • Indent — In*dent , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Indented}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Indenting}.] [OE. endenten to notch, fit in, OF. endenter, LL. indentare, fr. L. in + dens, dentis, tooth. See {Tooth}, and cf. {Indenture}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To notch; to jag; to cut… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Indent — has several meanings: * In computing, indent is a computer program that formats C programming language files with a particular indent style. See indent (Unix). * An indent can be an addition to a legal contract * Indent is a genus of moths whose… …   Wikipedia

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  • Indent — In*dent , v. i. 1. To be cut, notched, or dented. [1913 Webster] 2. To crook or turn; to wind in and out; to zigzag. [1913 Webster] 3. To contract; to bargain or covenant. Shak. [1913 Webster] To indent and drive bargains with the Almighty. South …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • indent — indent1 [in dent′; ] for n. [ in′dent΄, in dent′] vt. [ME endenten < OFr endenter or ML indentare, both < L in, in + dens, TOOTH] 1. a) to cut toothlike points into (an edge or border); notch; also, to join by mating notches b) to make… …   English World dictionary

  • Indent — In*dent , n. 1. A cut or notch in the margin of anything, or a recess like a notch. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. A stamp; an impression. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] 3. A certificate, or intended certificate, issued by the government of the United States at… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Indént — (engl., »Einschnitt, Kerbe«, Indentgeschäft), Bezeichnung für ein im Verkehr mit Ostasien und Australien übliches Handelsgeschäft, wobei eine europäische Handelsfirma oder die Zweigniederlassung einer solchen einem eingebornen Händler europäische …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Indent — (engl.), Indentgeschäft, Vertrag über Warenlieferung an europ. Handelshäuser in Ostindien, oder der letztern an einheimische Händler …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • indent — index bind (obligate), depress, requisition, undertake Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • Indent —   [engl.], Absatzeinzug …   Universal-Lexikon


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