Dent meaning

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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.

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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.

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A depression in a surface made by pressure or a blow.

A dent in the side of a car.

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A significant, usually diminishing effect or impression.

The loss put a dent in the team's confidence.

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Meaningful progress; headway.

At least made a dent in the work.

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To make a dent in.
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To become dented.

A fender that dents easily.

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A slight hollow made in a surface by a blow or pressure.
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An appreciable effect, often a lessening or adverse effect.
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To make a dent in.
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To become dented.
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A toothlike projection as in a gearwheel, lock, etc.
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Dentist.
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Dentistry.
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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.

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(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.

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To impact something, producing a dent.
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(intransitive) To develop a dent or dents.

Copper is soft and dents easily.

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(engineering) A tooth, as of a card, a gear wheel, etc.

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Origin of dent

  • Middle English dent variant of dint blow from Old English dynt

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • French dentist

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary

  • French, from Latin dens, dentis, tooth. See tooth.

    From Wiktionary