Part of speech: noun

The act of indenting.

Part of speech: verb

To bind by contract, as an apprentice.

Part of speech: noun

A contract under seal; the contract binding an apprentice.

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Usage examples "indenture":

  1. It is probable that the drenges were employed to perform all the servile and laborious offices at Brougham Castle; for in 1359, Engayne, lord of Clifton, granted to Roger de Clifford, by indenture, the service of John Richardson, and several others mentioned by name, with their bodies and all that belonged to them. - "Bygone Cumberland and Westmorland", Daniel Scott.
  2. On the expiration of his indenture, he left his father's house, and the remainder of his life is the history of genius degraded by intemperance and immorality, which alternately excites our admiration at his great talents, our regrets at the profligacy of his conduct, and our pity for his misfortunes. - "Anecdotes of Painters, Engravers, Sculptors and Architects, and Curiosities of Art, (Vol. 2 of 3)", Shearjashub Spooner.
  3. Each of us when separated is but the indenture of a man, having one side only, like a flat- fish and he is always looking for his other half. - "The Pleasures of Life", Sir John Lubbock.