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in·dent 1

v. in·dent·ed, in·dent·ing, in·dents
1. To set (the first line of a paragraph, for example) in from the margin.
a. To cut or tear (a document with two or more copies) along an irregular line so that the parts can later be matched for establishing authenticity.
b. To draw up (a document) in duplicate or triplicate.
a. To notch or serrate the edge of; make jagged.
b. To make notches, grooves, or holes in (wood, for example) for the purpose of mortising.
c. To fit or join together by or as if by mortising.
4. Chiefly British To order (goods) by purchase order or official requisition.
1. To make or form an indentation.
2. Chiefly British To draw up or order an indent.
n. (ĭn-dĕnt′, ĭn′dĕnt′)
1. The act of indenting or the condition of being indented.
2. A blank space before the beginning of an indented line: a two-pica indent.
3. An indenture.
4. A US certificate issued at the close of the American Revolution for interest due on the public debt.
5. Chiefly British An official requisition or purchase order for goods.

[Middle English endenten, to notch, from Anglo-Norman and Old French endenter, both from Medieval Latin indentāre : Latin in-, in; see in-2 + Latin dēns, dent-, tooth; see dent- in Indo-European roots.]

in·dent 2

tr.v. in·dent·ed, in·dent·ing, in·dents
To impress (a design, for example); stamp.
n. (ĭn-dĕnt′, ĭn′dĕnt′)
An indentation.
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[ɪnˈdentɪd] ADJ [type] → sangrado; [surface] → abollado
a deeply indented coastlineuna costa muy accidentada
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005


[ɪnˈdɛntɪd] adj (Typ) → rientrante; (surface) → intaccato/a, ammaccato/a; (coastline) → frastagliato/a
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(inˈdent) verb
to begin (a line of writing) farther in from the margin than the other lines.
noun (ˈindent)
(also ˌindenˈtation) the space left at the beginning of a line, eg the first line of a paragraph.
ˌindenˈtation (inden-) noun
1. a V-shaped cut (in the edge or outline of an object).
2. an indent.
3. a deep inward curve in a coastline.
inˈdented adjective
having an edge, outline etc with V-shaped cuts or inward curves.
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Their angular, capricious, and deeply indented coasts are rich in gulfs and peninsulas.
The present draft, besides innumerable verbal alterations and improvements upon the original, is more carefully punctuated, and, the lines being indented, presents a more pleasing appearance, to the eye at least.
THE Columbia, or Oregon, for the distance of thirty or forty miles from its entrance into the sea, is, properly speaking, a mere estuary, indented by deep bays so as to vary from three to seven miles in width; and is rendered extremely intricate and dangerous by shoals reaching nearly from shore to shore, on which, at times, the winds and currents produce foaming and tumultuous breakers.
Every one turned towards the procureur, who, unable to bear the universal gaze now riveted on him alone, advanced staggering into the midst of the tribunal, with his hair dishevelled and his face indented with the mark of his nails.
But no, thank heaven, both man and horse were gone, and nothing was left to witness against me but two objects - unpleasant enough in themselves to be sure, and presenting a very ugly, not to say murderous appearance - in one place, the hat saturated with rain and coated with mud, indented and broken above the brim by that villainous whip-handle; in another, the crimson handkerchief, soaking in a deeply tinctured pool of water - for much rain had fallen in the interim.
What mean'th this torture With dull, indented arrows?
Her half cajoling, half mocking air, and her ready smile, were difficult to confront with severity; and Miss Wilson knew it; for she would not look at her even when attracted by a convulsive start and an angry side glance from Miss Lindsay, who had just been indented between the ribs by a finger tip.
Besides this bay the shores of the island are indented by several other extensive inlets, into which descend broad and verdant valleys.
The front of this living column was distinctly marked by a line but very slightly indented, so regular and even was the flight.
For a long while his quest was fruitless; the wind carried him toward the west until he came in sight of the famous Mountains of the Moon, which grouped themselves in a semicircle around the extremity of Lake Tanganayika; their ridges, but slightly indented, stood out against the bluish horizon, so that they might have been mistaken for a natural fortification, not to be passed by the explorers of the centre of Africa.
She still stood sketching; but, as she sketched, there was a struggle within her, which found expression in the depth of the few last lines the parasol point indented into the table-cloth, and then some tears fell from her eyes.
To the north stretched the limpid, and, as it appeared from that dizzy height, the narrow sheet of the "holy lake," indented with numberless bays, embellished by fantastic headlands, and dotted with countless islands.