- 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.
- 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.
- to show dents; become indented: Tin dents more easily than steel.
- to sink in, making a dent: Nails dent into metal.
- 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 dent1
Related Words for dentingincision, indentation, nick, impression, sink, cut, cavity, scratch, pit, hollow, crater, score, trough, dimple, dint, notch, dip, furrow, scallop, crenel
Examples from the Web for denting
Contemporary Examples of denting
Male machismo might be denting the numbers of donors—but Rambam is fighting back.Israel’s Sperm Clinic Crisis
March 16, 2014
Historical Examples of denting
These rows may be made by denting the soil with the sharp edge of a stick or ruler.
They were sitting on the steps when he finished and his heel was denting the sod.In the Heart of a Fool
William Allen White
He perceived that she with effort kept her dimples from denting in.Aurora the Magnificent
They pressed lovingly, denting the skin, but there was no bite in them.Jerry of the Islands
Change a single stream of denting and change it hurriedly, what does it express, it expresses nausea.Tender Buttons
- 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
- to impress or be impressed with a dent or dents
Word Origin for dent
- 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
late 14c., from dent (n.). Related: Dented; denting.
early 14c., "a strike or blow," dialectal variant of Middle English dint (q.v.); sense of "indentation" first recorded 1560s, apparently influenced by indent.
see make a dent in.