1. A cut or notch in the margin of anything, or a recess like a notch.
  2. A stamp; an impression.
  3. A certificate, or intended certificate, issued by the government of the United States at the close of the Revolution, for the principal or interest of the public debt.
  4. A requisition or order for supplies, sent to the commissariat of an army.


  1. To notch; to jag; to cut into points like a row of teeth; as, to indent the edge of paper.
  2. To be cut, notched, or dented.
  3. To dent; to stamp or to press in; to impress; as, indent a smooth surface with a hammer; to indent wax with a stamp.
  4. To cut the two halves of a document in duplicate, using a jagged or wavy line so that each party could demonstrate that their copy was part of the original whole.
  5. To enter into a binding agreement by means of such documents; to formally commit (to doing something); to contract.
  6. To engage (someone), originally by means of indented contracts.
    to indent a young man to a shoemaker; to indent a servant
  7. To begin (a line or lines) at a greater or lesser distance from the margin; as, to indent the first line of a paragraph one em; to indent the second paragraph two ems more than the first. See indentation, and indention. Normal indent pushes in a line or paragraph. "hanging indent" pulls the line out into the margin.
  8. To crook or turn; to wind in and out; to zigzag.
  9. To make an order upon; to draw upon, as for military stores.

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