dent


1dent

verb \ˈdent\

: to make a dent in (something)

: to decrease (something) : to make (something) weaker

Full Definition of DENT

transitive verb
1
:  to make a dent in <dent a car>
2
:  to have a weakening effect on
intransitive verb
:  to form a dent by sinking inward :  become dented

Examples of DENT

  1. I'm afraid I dented the wall pretty badly when I was hammering in that nail.
  2. Many of the cans were badly dented.
  3. Some types of metal dent more easily than others.
  4. The team's confidence has been dented by a recent series of losses.

Origin of DENT

Middle English, short for indenten to make dents in, indent
First Known Use: 14th century

2dent

noun

Definition of DENT

1
:  a depression or hollow made by a blow or by pressure
2
:  an appreciable impression or effect often made against resistance <hasn't made a dent in the problem>; specifically :  a weakening or lessening effect <costs that have made a dent in the budget>

First Known Use of DENT

1565

3dent

noun

Definition of DENT

:  tooth 3a

Origin of DENT

French, literally, tooth, from Latin dent-, dens
First Known Use: 1703

4dent

abbreviation

Definition of DENT

Dent

biographical name \ˈdent\

Definition of DENT

Joseph Mal*a*by \ˈma-lə-bē\ 1849–1926 Eng. publisher

dent

abbreviation    (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of DENT

dental; dentist; dentistry

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