- a cut, notch, or deep recess: various bays and indentations.
- a series of incisions or notches: the indentation of a maple leaf.
- a notching or being notched.
- indention(defs 1, 2).
Origin of indentation
Examples from the Web for indentation
Traveling there, he noticed an indentation in the ground that had been cleared.Treasure Hunt to Discover Oak Island’s Mysterious Booty
February 27, 2014
It was a long sandy beach, with no cove, no indentation, into which they could run their boats.
One was a small block of cedar, with an indentation in the centre, about two thirds of an inch in diameter.
There was an indentation in the front of it, where it had been struck by a bullet.Rollo in Scotland
Make an indentation in the center of each with a spoon, to hold the jelly.A Thousand Ways to Please a Husband
Louise Bennett Weaver
It is extensive, and lies in an indentation of the coast, somewhat semicircular.History of the State of California
John T. Frost
- a hollowed, notched, or cut place, as on an edge or on a coastline
- a series of hollows, notches, or cuts
- the act of indenting or the condition of being indented
- Also called: indention, indent the leaving of space or the amount of space left between a margin and the start of an indented line
Word Origin and History for indentation
1728, of margins or edges, extended form of indent (n.). Meaning "action of making a dent or impression" is from 1847.
- A notch, a pit, or a depression.
A space left between the left-hand margin of a line of type or handwriting and the beginning of a sentence or quotation. The beginning of a paragraph is usually indented.