Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A depression in a surface made by pressure or a blow: a dent in the side of a car.
  • n. Informal A significant, usually diminishing effect or impression: The loss put a dent in the team's confidence.
  • n. Informal Meaningful progress; headway: at least made a dent in the work.
  • transitive v. To make a dent in.
  • intransitive v. To become dented: a fender that dents easily.
  • n. See tooth.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A shallow deformation in the surface of an object, produced by an impact.
  • n. A sudden negative change, such as loss, damage, weakening, consumption or diminution, especially one produced by an external force, event or action
  • v. To impact something, producing a dent.
  • v. To develop a dent or dents.
  • n. A tooth, as of a card, a gear wheel, etc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A stroke; a blow.
  • n. A slight depression, or small notch or hollow, made by a blow or by pressure; an indentation.
  • transitive v. To make a dent upon; to indent.
  • n. A tooth, as of a card, a gear wheel, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A stroke; a blow.
  • n. Force; weight; dint.
  • n. a hollow mark made by a blow or by pressure; a small hollow or depression on the surface of a solid or a plastic body; an indented impression; a dint.
  • Marked by a dent or impression; dented; only in the phrase dent corn, Indian corn which has a depression in each kernel.
  • To make a dent of small hollow in; mark with dents or impressions.
  • To aim a denting or effective blow.
  • n. A notch; an indentation.
  • n. A tooth of a comb, metallic brush, or card.
  • n. A salient tooth or knob in the works of a lock.
  • n. A tooth of a gear-wheel.
  • n. A cane or wire of the reed frame in a weavers' loom.
  • To notch; indent.
  • n. An abbreviation of dental;
  • n. of dentist;
  • n. of dentistry.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an impression in a surface (as made by a blow)
  • n. an appreciable consequence (especially a lessening)
  • n. a depression scratched or carved into a surface
  • v. make a depression into

Etymologies

Middle English dent, variant of dint, blow, from Old English dynt.
French; see dentist.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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. (Wiktionary)
French, from Latin dens, dentis, tooth. See tooth. (Wiktionary)

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  • Weirdent thinks that people's bodies can get dented. I suppose it could happen to Ironman, or Maggie Thatcher.

    March 23, 2009

  • Dente means tooth, while dent can be translated as ammaccatura/impronta.
    Your wife has such beautiful dents. You must really love her.

    March 23, 2009