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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
1755-65; indent1 + -ion Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • 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
  • Quotation marks, indention, smaller type, or any of the marks which distinguish quoted matter are sufficient.

    The Uses of Italic Frederick W. Hamilton
  • If the lines are long and the type small the indention may be two ems.

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

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

    Typesetting A. A. Stewart
  • 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
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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