In·dent v. t. [imp. & p. p. Indented; p. pr. & vb. n. Indenting.]
1. To notch; to jag; to cut into points like a row of teeth; as, to indent the edge of paper.
2. To dent; to stamp or to press in; to impress; as, indent a smooth surface with a hammer; to indent wax with a stamp.
3. To bind out by indenture or contract; to indenture; to apprentice; as, to indent a young man to a shoemaker; to indent a servant.
4. Print. To begin (a line or lines) at a greater or less distance from the margin; as, to indent the first line of a paragraph one em; to indent the second paragraph two ems more than the first. See Indentation, and Indention.
5. Mil. To make an order upon; to draw upon, as for military stores. [India]
1. Cut in the edge into points or inequalities, like teeth; jagged; notched; stamped in; dented on the surface.
2. Having an uneven, irregular border; sinuous; undulating.
3. Her. Notched like the part of a saw consisting of the teeth; serrated; as, an indented border or ordinary.
4. Bound out by an indenture; apprenticed; indentured; as, an indented servant.
5. Zool. Notched along the margin with a different color, as the feathers of some birds.
Indented line Fort., a line with alternate long and short faces, with salient and receding angles, each face giving a flanking fire along the front of the next.
adj 1: having repeated square indentations like those in a
battlement; "a crenelated molding" [syn: embattled,
crenelated, crenelate, crenellated, crenellate]
2: having the central portion lower than the margin; "a
depressed pustule" [syn: depressed]