1. simple past tense and past participle of indent


indented (comparative more indented, superlative most indented)

  1. Cut in the edge into points or inequalities, like teeth; jagged; notched; stamped in; dented on the surface.
    • 1896, Conrad, Joseph, chapter 3, in An Outcast of the Islands[1], part 5:
      He saw the horrible form among the big trees, in the network of creepers in the fantastic outlines of leaves, of the great indented leaves that seemed to be so many enormous hands with big broad palms, with stiff fingers outspread to lay hold of him []
    • 1958, Greene, Graham, chapter 2, in Our Man in Havana[2], part 4, New York: Pocket Books, published 1974, page 143,:
      The old brown photograph with the photographer’s indented seal in the corner showed the long ranks of the cavalry []
  2. Having an uneven, irregular border; sinuous; undulating.
    • 1599, William Shakespeare, As You Like It, Act IV, Scene 3,[3]
      Seeing Orlando, it [the snake] unlinked itself
      And with indented glides did slip away
      Into a bush;
    • 1667, John Milton, Paradise Lost, Book 8, lines 494-497,[4]
      So spake the Enemie of Mankind, enclos’d
      In Serpent, Inmate bad, and toward Eve
      Address’d his way, not with indented wave,
      Prone on the ground, as since, but on his reare,
    a heavily indented coastline
  3. (heraldry) Notched like the part of a saw consisting of the teeth; serrated.
    an indented border or ordinary
  4. Bound out by an indenture; apprenticed; indentured.
    an indented servant
  5. (zoology) Notched along the margin with a different color, like the feathers of some birds.