Definition of indentation in US 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’
    • ‘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 effects of bending are neglected to first approximation, and the dominant resistance to indentation is taken as the isotropic tension.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The First Folio edition indicates text to be sung through indentation and italic typeface, though apparently not with absolute consistency.’
    • ‘They usually provide custom indentation and pretty printing options suitable to the subject at hand.’
    • ‘The page is manipulated as a visual space to the extent most word processors allow, with varied patterns of indentation and spacing.’
    • ‘A typical stress response for indentation is shown in Figure 7.’
    • ‘Therefore, changes in deformation could be obtained during indentation.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was ruled for text by indentation using a bone instrument.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
  • 2A deep recess or notch on the edge or surface of something.

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

indentation

/ˌindenˈtāSH(ə)n//ˌɪndɛnˈteɪʃ(ə)n/