[syn: indentation, indention, indent, indenture]
4. the act of cutting into an edge with toothlike notches or angular incisions;
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Indentation \In`den*ta"tion\, n.
1. The act of indenting or state of being indented.
2. A notch or recess, in the margin or border of anything;
as, the indentations of a leaf, of the coast, etc.
3. A recess or sharp depression in any surface.
(a) The act of beginning a line or series of lines at a
little distance within the flush line of the column or
page, as in the common way of beginning the first line
of a paragraph.
(b) The measure of the distance; as, an indentation of one
em, or of two ems.
Hanging indentation, or Reverse indentation, indentation
of all the lines of a paragraph except the first, which is
a full line; also called a hanging indent.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a concave cut into a surface or edge (as in a coastline)
[syn: indentation, indenture]
2: the formation of small pits in a surface as a consequence of
corrosion [syn: pitting, roughness, indentation]
3: the space left between the margin and the start of an
indented line [syn: indentation, indention, indent,
4: the act of cutting into an edge with toothlike notches or
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
91 Moby Thesaurus words for "indentation":
alveolation, alveolus, blaze, boss, bump, cleft, colophon,
concavity, convexity, crena, cut, dactylogram, dactylograph, dent,
depression, digging, dimple, dint, embossment, engraving,
excavation, excrescence, feel, fingerprint, finish, footmark,
footprint, footstep, fossil footprint, furrow, gash, gouge, grain,
granular texture, hack, hollow, honeycomb, ichnite, ichnolite,
impress, impression, imprint, incision, indent, indention,
indenture, jag, jog, joggle, kerf, knub, lump, mark, mining, nap,
nick, nock, notch, nub, pad, paw print, pawmark, pile, pimple, pit,
pock, pockmark, print, protuberance, pug, pugmark, score, scotch,
seal, shag, sigil, signet, stamp, step, structure, stud,
sunken part, surface, surface texture, texture, thumbmark,
thumbprint, vestige, wale, weave, woof
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018):
Space and/or tab characters added at the
beginning of a line to indicate structure, e.g. indenting a
quotation to make it stand out or indenting a block of code
controlled by an if statement.
Indentation is important in source code for readability. There
are a number of different indent styles. Some programming
languages go further and use indentation as the main method to
represent block structure to the compiler or interpreter, see