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dent

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[ dent ]
/ dɛnt /
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noun

a hollow or depression in a surface, as from a blow.
a noticeable effect, especially of reduction: to leave a dent in one's savings; a dent in one's pride.

verb (used with object)

to make a dent in or on; indent: The impact dented the car's fender.
to have the effect of reducing or slightly injuring: The caustic remark dented his ego.

verb (used without object)

to show dents; become indented: Tin dents more easily than steel.
to sink in, making a dent: Nails dent into metal.

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Idioms for dent

    make a dent, Informal. to cause a person to take heed; make an impression: The doctor told him to stop smoking, but it didn't make a dent.
    make a dent in, to show initial progress; pass an initial stage of (work, thought, solving a problem, etc.): I haven't even made a dent in this pile of work.

Origin of dent

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1250–1300; Middle English dente, variant of dint

OTHER WORDS FROM dent

un·dent·ed, adjective

Definition for dent (2 of 4)

dent2
[ dent ]
/ dɛnt /

noun

a toothlike projection, as a tooth of a gearwheel.
Textiles. the space between two wires through which the warp ends are drawn in the reed of a loom.

Origin of dent

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1545–55; <Middle French <Latin dent- (stem of dēns) tooth

Definition for dent (3 of 4)

dent-

variant of denti- before a vowel: dentin.

Definition for dent (4 of 4)

dent.

abbreviation

dental.
dentist.
dentistry.
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British Dictionary definitions for dent (1 of 3)

dent1
/ (dɛnt) /

noun

a hollow or dip in a surface, as one made by pressure or a blow
an appreciable effect, esp of lesseninga dent in our resources

verb

to impress or be impressed with a dent or dents

Word Origin for dent

C13 (in the sense: a stroke, blow): variant of dint

British Dictionary definitions for dent (2 of 3)

dent2
/ (dɛnt) /

noun

a toothlike protuberance, esp the tooth of a sprocket or gearwheel
textiles the space between two wires in a loom through which a warp thread is drawn

Word Origin for dent

C16: from French: tooth

British Dictionary definitions for dent (3 of 3)

dent.

abbreviation for

dental
dentistry
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Medical definitions for dent

dent-

pref.

Variant ofdenti-
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Idioms and Phrases with dent

dent

see make a dent in.

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