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Meaning of INDENTURE

Pronunciation:  in'denchur

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a contract binding one party into the service of another for a specified term
  2. [n]  formal agreement between the issuer of bonds and the bondholders as to terms of the debt
  3. [n]  the space left between the margin and the start of an indented line
  4. [n]  a concave cut into a surface or edge (as in a coastline)
  5. [v]  bind by or as if by indentures, as of an apprentice or servant; "an indentured servant"

INDENTURE is a 9 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: indent, indent, indentation, indentation
 See Also: bind, blank space, cleft, concave shape, concavity, contract, hold, incurvation, incurvature, notch, obligate, oblige, place, space, written agreement



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \In*den"ture\ (?; 135), n. [OE. endenture, OF.
    endenture, LL. indentura a deed in duplicate, with indented
    edges. See the Note below. See {Indent}.]
    1. The act of indenting, or state of being indented.
    2. (Law) A mutual agreement in writing between two or more
       parties, whereof each party has usually a counterpart or
       duplicate; sometimes in the pl., a short form for
       {indentures of apprenticeship}, the contract by which a
       youth is bound apprentice to a master.
       The law is the best expositor of the gospel; they are like
       a pair of indentures: they answer in every part. --C.
    Note: Indentures were originally duplicates, laid together
          and intended by a notched cut or line, or else written
          on the same piece of parchment and separated by a
          notched line so that the two papers or parchments
          corresponded to each other. But indenting has gradually
          become a mere form, and is often neglected, while the
          writings or counterparts retain the name of indentures.
  2. \In*den"ture\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Indentured}; p.
    pr. & vb. n. {Indenturing}.]
    1. To indent; to make hollows, notches, or wrinkles in; to
             Though age may creep on, and indenture the brow.
    2. To bind by indentures or written contract; as, to
       indenture an apprentice.
  3. \In*den"ture\, v. i.
    To run or wind in and out; to be cut or notched; to indent.
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