Definition of indentation in English:

indentation

noun

  • 1The action of indenting or the state of being indented.

    ‘paragraphs are marked off by indentation’
    ‘an indentation for each change of speaker’
    • ‘Any adhesive bonds that form during indentation will tend to break during tip retraction-as manifested in the form of single or multipeak sawtooth patterns.’
    • ‘The effects of bending are neglected to first approximation, and the dominant resistance to indentation is taken as the isotropic tension.’
    • ‘It was ruled for text by indentation using a bone instrument.’
    • ‘The First Folio edition indicates text to be sung through indentation and italic typeface, though apparently not with absolute consistency.’
    • ‘Using energy arguments similar to the one above, the team derived a scaling law for the contact stiffness of a thin cylinder of infinite length undergoing local indentation.’
    • ‘Use curly brackets and indentation to keep track of what you have assumed.’
    • ‘In fact, calibration procedures for indentation of hard materials typically include indentation of reference samples.’
    • ‘Therefore, changes in deformation could be obtained during indentation.’
    • ‘They usually provide custom indentation and pretty printing options suitable to the subject at hand.’
    • ‘This can be done using a tonometer, a sensor that blows a small amount of air at the eyeball and then tests how much indentation the air has caused.’
    • ‘So there's a visual component to them even though they seem to be ordered in a specific way - every shift, indentation, whatever, is there for a rhythmic reason or sense.’
    • ‘The page is manipulated as a visual space to the extent most word processors allow, with varied patterns of indentation and spacing.’
    • ‘To minimize the effects of finite sample thickness, we limited indentation to 750 nm.’
    • ‘A block, as one might guess, is a block of content that is parsed using Python's indentation rules.’
    • ‘A typical stress response for indentation is shown in Figure 7.’
  • 2A deep recess or notch on the edge or surface of something.

    ‘the indentation between the upper lip and the nose’
    • ‘They made a silicon rubber mold of the inside of the horns to show every indentation and marking, scrutinizing the outside under a microscope.’
    • ‘Where the craft landed were scorch marks and the deep indentations in the ground showed it was a heavy, sizeable besigheid.’
    • ‘Her left hand hit the token, and she lightly fingered it, letting her hands learn every crevice, indentation, every detail of that token.’
    • ‘To qualify as true oedema, the swelling must be capable of indentation by pressure from the fingers, known as ‘pitting’.’
    • ‘Apart from a few small cuts and a deep indentation in the skin where it was pressed against the floorboard, I was fine.’
    • ‘Bottles vary in the extent to which they have a punt, or inverse indentation in their base.’
    • ‘A tongue groove is a shallow, raised indentation in the center of the mouthpiece only high enough to relieve tongue pressure.’
    • ‘To this day, one can stretch one's fingers and thumb to fit the indentations on its smooth surface.’
    • ‘The distractor items all consisted of a small metal screw located to the left of this circular indentation.’
    • ‘True enough, there was a tell-tale head-shaped indentation on my pillow this morning, but that could mean anything.’
    • ‘Massage this small indentation with firm but gentle pressure for 10 to 15 seconds; repeat on your right hand.’
    • ‘On his forehead a narrow, inch-long indentation from a rifle-butt remains as a souvenir of his ordeal.’
    • ‘Ford analyzed some of the shards with closer scrutiny and found something he recognised but nearly refused to believe… the deep indentations of claws.’
    • ‘She recovered after courses of radio and chemotherapy but found another unconnected indentation in her other breast 12 years later.’
    • ‘At some point they discovered that in the centre of his chest, there was a tiny, concave indentation.’
    • ‘All three of us pitched in and got the man over to a worn leather couch that held onto the vaguely human indentation of someone tall and heavy recently removed.’
    • ‘He could see a little bit of indentation and could feel a little lump.’
    hollow, depression, dent, dint, cavity, concavity, dip, pit, trough, crater
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Pronunciation

indentation

/ˌɪndɛnˈteɪʃ(ə)n//ˌindenˈtāSH(ə)n/