dent

1 [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.
verb (used with object)
3.
to make a dent in or on; indent: The impact dented the car's fender.
4.
to have the effect of reducing or slightly injuring: The caustic remark dented his ego.
verb (used without object)
5.
to show dents; become indented: Tin dents more easily than steel.
6.
to sink in, making a dent: Nails dent into metal.
Idioms
7.
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.
8.
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:
1250–1300; Middle English dente, variant of dint

undented, adjective
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dent

2 [dent]
noun
1.
a toothlike projection, as a tooth of a gearwheel.
2.
Textiles. the space between two wires through which the warp ends are drawn in the reed of a loom.

Origin:
1545–55; < Middle French < Latin dent- (stem of dēns) tooth

dent-

variant of denti- before a vowel: dentin.

dent.

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dent1 (dɛnt)
 
n
1.  a hollow or dip in a surface, as one made by pressure or a blow
2.  an appreciable effect, esp of lessening: a dent in our resources
 
vb
3.  to impress or be impressed with a dent or dents
 
[C13 (in the sense: a stroke, blow): variant of dint]

dent2 (dɛnt)
 
n
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
 
[C16: from French: tooth]

dent.
 
abbreviation for
1.  dental
2.  dentistry

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Word Origin & History

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

dent- pref.
Variant of denti-.

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Abbreviations & Acronyms
dent.
  1. dental

  2. dentist

  3. dentistry

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Idioms & Phrases

dent

see make a dent in.

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Example sentences
Dent broke the buckle on the net with one of his monster serves and then helped
  consult on the repair job.
All of these will make you a more productive researcher and will also make a
  dent in that research budget.
The infrastructure needed to make a large dent in the world's emissions is
  daunting.
In those days, that number scarcely made a dent in the large grizzly population.
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