[in-den-tey-shuh n] /ˌɪn dɛnˈteɪ ʃən/

a cut, notch, or deep recess:
various bays and indentations.
a series of incisions or notches:
the indentation of a maple leaf.
a notching or being notched.
(defs 1, 2).
a hollowed, notched, or cut place, as on an edge or on a coastline
a series of hollows, notches, or cuts
the act of indenting or the condition of being indented
Also called indention, indent. the leaving of space or the amount of space left between a margin and the start of an indented line

1728, of margins or edges, extended form of indent (n.). Meaning “action of making a dent or impression” is from 1847.

indentation in·den·ta·tion (ĭn’děn-tā’shən)
A notch, a pit, or a depression.

A space left between the left-hand margin of a line of type or handwriting and the beginning of a sentence or quotation. The beginning of a paragraph is usually indented.

document, text, programming
Space and/or tab characters added at the beginning of one or more consecutive lines to indicate the structure of a piece of text, e.g. indenting a passage to make it stand out.
Indentation is important in source code for readability. See indent style. Some programming languages go further and use indentation as the main method to represent block structure to the compiler or interpreter, see off-side rule.


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