Meaning of DENT in English

DENT

n. & v.

--n.

1. a slight mark or hollow in a surface made by, or as if by, a blow with a hammer etc.

2 a noticeable effect (lunch made a dent in our funds).

--v.tr.

1. mark with a dent.

2 have (esp. an adverse) effect on (the news dented our hopes).

Etymology: ME, prob. f INDENT(1)

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.