- The definition of a dent is a small indentation in a surface made by being hit, or a tooth like projection.
- An example of a dent is an indentation in the surface of a car.
- An example of a dent is a tooth in the wheel of a gear.
- Dent is defined as to make an indentation or become indented.
An example of dent is to hit the side of a car with a hammer.
This car has a dent.
- a slight hollow made in a surface by a blow or pressure
- an appreciable effect, often a lessening or adverse effect
Origin of dentMiddle English variant, variety of dint
Origin of dentFrench ; from Classical Latin dens, tooth
- A depression in a surface made by pressure or a blow: a dent in the side of a car.
- Informal A significant, usually diminishing effect or impression: The loss put a dent in the team's confidence.
- Informal Meaningful progress; headway: at least made a dent in the work.
verbdent·ed, dent·ing, dents
Origin of dentMiddle English dent, variant of dint, blow, from Old English dynt.
Origin of dentFrench; see dentist.
- A shallow deformation in the surface of an object, produced by an impact.
- The crash produced a dent in the left side of the car.
- (by extension, informal) A sudden negative change, such as loss, damage, weakening, consumption or diminution, especially one produced by an external force, event or action
- That purchase put a bit of a dent in my wallet.
(third-person singular simple present dents, present participle denting, simple past and past participle dented)
- To impact something, producing a dent.
- (intransitive) To develop a dent or dents.
- Copper is soft and dents easily.
Middle English dent, dente, dint (“blow, strike, dent”), from Old English dynt (“blow, strike, the mark or noise of a blow”), from Proto-Germanic *duntiz (“a blow”). Akin to Old Norse dyntr (“dint”). More at dint.