indenture

An indenture is a formal legal agreement. Many earned passage to the British colonies by indenturing, or selling, themselves to a master for a period of seven years–-they were called indentured laborers.

Indenture can describe what you owe to someone else. If you promised your friend you would take her shopping for a prom dress, you might fulfill your indenture over the course of three trips to the mall. A detention is an indenture of a kind––for your crime, you owe time.

Primary Meanings of indenture

1.
nv
formal agreement between the issuer of bonds and the bondholders as to terms of the debt
bind by or as if by indentures, as of an apprentice or servant
2.
n
a concave cut into a surface or edge (as in a coastline)
3.
n
the space left between the margin and the start of an indented line
Full Definitions of indenture
1

n formal agreement between the issuer of bonds and the bondholders as to terms of the debt

Type of:
written agreement
a legal document summarizing the agreement between parties

n a contract binding one party into the service of another for a specified term

Type of:
contract
a binding agreement between two or more persons that is enforceable by law

v bind by or as if by indentures, as of an apprentice or servant

“an indentured servant”
Synonyms:
indent
Type of:
bind, hold, obligate, oblige
bind by an obligation; cause to be indebted
2

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

Synonyms:
indentation
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
3

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

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

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