Meaning of indenture

in•den•ture

Pronunciation: (in-den'chur), [key]
— n., v., -tured, -tur•ing.
—n.
  1. a deed or agreement executed in two or more copies with edges correspondingly indented as a means of identification.
  2. any deed, written contract, or sealed agreement.
  3. a contract by which a person, as an apprentice, is bound to service.
  4. any official or formal list, certificate, etc., authenticated for use as a voucher or the like.
  5. the formal agreement between a group of bondholders and the debtor as to the terms of the debt.
  6. indentation.
—v.t.
  1. to bind by indenture, as an apprentice.
  2. to make a depression in; indent; wrinkle; furrow.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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