indenter

indent

1 [v. in-dent; n. in-dent, in-dent]
verb (used with object)
1.
to form deep recesses in: The sea indents the coast.
2.
to set in or back from the margin, as the first line of a paragraph.
3.
to sever (a document drawn up in duplicate) along an irregular line as a means of identification.
4.
to cut or tear the edge of (copies of a document) in an irregular way.
5.
to make toothlike notches in; notch.
6.
to indenture, as an apprentice.
7.
British. to draw an order upon.
8.
Chiefly British. to order, as commodities.
verb (used without object)
9.
to form a recess.
10.
Chiefly British. to make out an order or requisition in duplicate.
11.
Obsolete.
a.
to draw upon a person or thing for something.
b.
to enter into an agreement by indenture; make a compact.
noun
12.
a toothlike notch or deep recess; indentation.
13.
14.
15.
American History. a certificate issued by a state or the federal government at the close of the Revolutionary War for the principal or interest due on the public debt.
16.
British. a requisition for stores.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English; back formation from indented having toothlike notches, Middle English < Medieval Latin indentātus, equivalent to Latin in- in-2 + dentātus dentate; see -ed2

indenter, indentor, noun
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indent1
 
vb (when intr, foll by for, on, or upon)
1.  to place (written or printed matter, etc) in from the margin, as at the beginning of a paragraph
2.  to cut or tear (a document, esp a contract or deed in duplicate) so that the irregular lines may be matched to confirm its authenticity
3.  chiefly (Brit) (in foreign trade) to place an order for (foreign goods), usually through an agent
4.  chiefly (Brit) to make an order on (a source or supply) or for (something)
5.  to notch (an edge, border, etc); make jagged
6.  to bind (an apprentice, etc) by indenture
 
n
7.  chiefly (Brit) (in foreign trade) an order for foreign merchandise, esp one placed with an agent
8.  chiefly (Brit) an official order for goods
9.  (in the late 18th-century US) a certificate issued by federal and state governments for the principal or interest due on the public debt
10.  another word for indenture
11.  another word for indentation
 
[C14: from Old French endenter, from en-1 + dent tooth, from Latin dēns]
 
in'denter1
 
n
 
in'dentor1
 
n

indent2
 
vb
1.  (tr) to make a dent or depression in
 
n
2.  a dent or depression
 
[C15: from in-² + dent1]

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indent
late 14c., from O.Fr. endenter "to notch or dent, give a serrated edge to," from L.L. indentare "to crunch," from L. in- "in" + dens (gen. dentis) "tooth" (see tooth). The printing sense is first attested 1670s. The noun is first recorded 1590s, from the verb.
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