Indentation - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˌɪndenˈteɪʃn|  American pronunciation of the word indentation
Brit.  |ɪndɛnˈteɪʃ(ə)n|  British pronunciation of the word indentation


- a concave cut into a surface or edge (as in a coastline) (syn: indenture)
- the formation of small pits in a surface as a consequence of corrosion (syn: pitting, roughness)
- the space left between the margin and the start of an indented line (syn: indent, indention, indenture)
- the act of cutting into an edge with toothlike notches or angular incisions


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Word forms

singular: indentation
plural: indentations
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