Pronunciation: (';'dent, in-dent'),
1. to form deep recesses in: The sea indents the coast.
2. to set in or back from the margin, as the first line of a paragraph.
3. to sever (a document drawn up in duplicate) along an irregular line as a means of identification.
4. to cut or tear the edge of (copies of a document) in an irregular way.
5. to make toothlike notches in; notch.
6. to indenture, as an apprentice.
7. draw an order upon.
8. Chiefly order, as commodities.

1. to form a recess.
2. Chiefly make out an order or requisition in duplicate.
3. Obs.
a. to draw upon a person or thing for something.
b. to enter into an agreement by indenture; make a compact.

1. a toothlike notch or deep recess; indentation.
2. an indention.
3. an indenture.
4. Amer. Hist.a certificate issued by a state or the federal government at the close of the Revolutionary War for the principal or interest due on the public debt.
5. Brit.a requisition for stores.


Pronunciation: (';'dent, in-dent'),
1. to dent; press in so as to form a dent: to indent a pattern on metal.
2. to make or form a dent in: The wooden stairs had been indented by horses' hooves.

a dent.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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