indentation

An indentation is a notch, cut, or dent in something. If you take a hammer to a piece of metal, you will make a series of indentations.

The dent in indentation shares a root with your dentist, and an indentation is basically like a tooth mark. Except some "teeth" are larger than others — a meteorite leaves a huge indentation in the ground, just as a sharp pencil could make a tiny indentation in your finger. You can talk about conceptual indentation, too. Loving the novel Anna Karenina might make an indentation in your general aversion to reading. It’s that’s good.

Primary Meanings of indentation

1.
n
the space left between the margin and the start of an indented line
2.
n
the act of cutting into an edge with toothlike notches or angular incisions
Full Definitions of indentation
1

n the space left between the margin and the start of an indented line

Synonyms:
indent, indention, indenture
Type of:
blank space, place, space
a blank area
2

n the act of cutting into an edge with toothlike notches or angular incisions

Type of:
change of shape
an action that changes the shape of something

n a concave cut into a surface or edge (as in a coastline)

Synonyms:
indenture
Types:
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notch
a V-shaped or U-shaped indentation carved or scratched into a surface
notch
a V-shaped indentation
cleft
a split or indentation in something (as the palate or chin)
serration
a single notch in a row of notches
thumb index
one of a series of rounded notches in the fore edge of a book to indicate sections
undercut
a notch cut in the trunk of tree in order to determine the direction of its fall
incisura, incisure
(anatomy) a notch or small hollow
Type of:
concave shape, concavity, incurvation, incurvature
a shape that curves or bends inward

n the formation of small pits in a surface as a consequence of corrosion

Synonyms:
pitting, roughness
Type of:
corroding, corrosion, erosion
erosion by chemical action

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