- 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
1250–1300; Middle English dente, variant of dint
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Examples from the Web for undented
The beach runs northwest and southeast, bleak and open, undented.Poor Man's Rock
Bertrand W. Sinclair
Nor is the smug and confident contention: "Medicine is a science, one and indivisible," so impressive and undented as it was.
- 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
C13 (in the sense: a stroke, blow): variant of dint
- 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
C16: from French: tooth
Word Origin and History for undented
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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Idioms and Phrases with undented
see make a dent in.
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