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indention

[in-den-shuh n]
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noun
  1. the indenting of a line or lines in writing or printing.
  2. the blank space left by indenting.
  3. the act of indenting; state of being indented.
  4. Archaic. an indentation or notch.
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Origin of indention

First recorded in 1755–65; indent1 + -ion
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Examples from the Web for indention

Historical Examples

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

    Typesetting

    A. A. Stewart

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

    Typesetting

    A. A. Stewart

  • There are several styles of indention employed in type composition.

    Typesetting

    A. A. Stewart

  • Indention of poetry is made with even em quads of the type used.

    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


British Dictionary definitions for indention

indention

noun
  1. another word for indentation (def. 4)
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Word Origin and History for indention

n.

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.

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