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dent

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[dent]
noun
  1. a hollow or depression in a surface, as from a blow.
  2. a noticeable effect, especially of reduction: to leave a dent in one's savings; a dent in one's pride.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to make a dent in or on; indent: The impact dented the car's fender.
  2. to have the effect of reducing or slightly injuring: The caustic remark dented his ego.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to show dents; become indented: Tin dents more easily than steel.
  2. to sink in, making a dent: Nails dent into metal.
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Idioms
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
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Origin of dent

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1250–1300; Middle English dente, variant of dint
Related formsun·dent·ed, adjective
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Related Words for denting

incision, 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

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.

  • They pressed lovingly, denting the skin, but there was no bite in them.

  • Change a single stream of denting and change it hurriedly, what does it express, it expresses nausea.

    Tender Buttons

    Gertrude Stein


British Dictionary definitions for denting

dent

1
noun
  1. a hollow or dip in a surface, as one made by pressure or a blow
  2. an appreciable effect, esp of lesseninga dent in our resources
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verb
  1. to impress or be impressed with a dent or dents
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Word Origin for dent

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

dent

2
noun
  1. a toothlike protuberance, esp the tooth of a sprocket or gearwheel
  2. textiles the space between two wires in a loom through which a warp thread is drawn
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Word Origin for dent

C16: from French: tooth
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Word Origin and History for denting

dent

v.

late 14c., from dent (n.). Related: Dented; denting.

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dent

n.

early 14c., "a strike or blow," dialectal variant of Middle English dint (q.v.); sense of "indentation" first recorded 1560s, apparently influenced by indent.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with denting

dent

see make a dent in.

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