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indent +‎ -ation

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indentation (countable and uncountable, plural indentations)

  1. The act of indenting or state of being indented.
  2. A notch or recess, in the margin or border of anything.
    the indentations of a leaf
    indentations of the coast
  3. A recess or sharp depression in any surface.
  4. (typography) The act of beginning a line or series of lines at a little distance within the flush line of the column or page, as in the common way of beginning the first line of a paragraph.
    • 2007, Robert Richards, Pro PHP XML and Web Services, Apress, →ISBN, page 502:
      The resulting document does not contain the indentation and line breaks found in the original document.
  5. A measure of the distance from the flush line.
    an indentation of one em
  6. (law) A division unit of a piece of law distinguished by its indentation or by a dash.
    Synonym: indent
    • 2013, Jenny Papettas, The Law Applicable to Cross Border Road Traffic Accidents[1], Birmingham, page 204:
      The explanatory report acknowledges that the result of the rule under the second indentation can appear arbitrary.

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Etymology

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From Latin indentātiōnem, from indentō (indent).

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  • IPA(key): /ɛ̃.dɑ̃.ta.sjɔ̃/
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indentation f (plural indentations)

  1. indentation

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