[ 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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for indention


/ (ɪnˈdɛnʃən) /


another word for indentation (def. 4)
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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.

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