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[in-den-shuh n] /ɪnˈdɛn ʃən/
the indenting of a line or lines in writing or printing.
the blank space left by indenting.
the act of indenting; state of being indented.
Archaic. an indentation or notch.
Origin of indention
First recorded in 1755-65; indent1 + -ion Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for indention
Historical Examples
  • There are several styles of indention employed in type composition.

    Typesetting A. A. Stewart
  • The indention of paragraphs should be uniform throughout any single book or job.

    Typesetting A. A. Stewart
  • indention of poetry is made with even em quads of the type used.

    Typesetting A. A. Stewart
  • If the lines are long and the type small the indention may be two ems.

    Typesetting A. A. Stewart
  • One of them had an indention in the primer that appeared to be caused by the hammer.

    Warren Commission (7 of 26): Hearings Vol. VII (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
  • Quotation marks, indention, smaller type, or any of the marks which distinguish quoted matter are sufficient.

    The Uses of Italic Frederick W. Hamilton
  • The indention at the beginning, and usually the incomplete line at the end, mark its visible limits.

    English: Composition and Literature

    W. F. (William Franklin) Webster
  • This indention of the margin and the incomplete line at the end mark the visible limits of the paragraph.

    English: Composition and Literature

    W. F. (William Franklin) Webster
  • If the lines are more than average length the indention may be increased to one and a half ems, two ems, or more.

    Typesetting A. A. Stewart
  • In many cases, however, rhymes like those above are set without varying the indention.

    Typesetting A. A. Stewart
British Dictionary definitions for indention


another word for indentation (sense 4)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for indention

1763, formed irregularly from indent + -ation. It could be a useful word if it split with indentation the two senses (relating to margins and to dents) of that word, but indention, too, is used in both.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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