Meaning of DENT in English


I. ˈdent noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English, stroke, blow, alteration of dint — more at dint

1. now dialect England : stroke , blow

2. : a depression or hollow such as is made by a blow or by pressure : indentation

a dent in a fender

the touch of his finger made a dent in the swollen flesh

3. : dent corn

4. : an impression or effect often having a minimizing or weakening influence

a sizable dent in the literary consciousness of the American reading public — John Barkham

a dent in the weekly budget

the Texas drought made no appreciable dent on total production — Reporter

nor has any really effective dent been made into the problem of shortages — F.M. Hechinger

II. verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Middle English denten, alteration of dinten — more at dint

transitive verb

1. : to make a dent in or on : indent

the car hood was dented in

dented his fender in the collision

2. : to make an impression or have an effect upon especially with a weakening result

such actions dented his political influence

intransitive verb

: to form a dent by sinking inward : show dents : become dented

tin dents easily

III. noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle French, tooth, from Latin dent-, dens — more at tooth

1. : an indentation or notch


a. in machinery : a tooth especially of a card or gear wheel or in a lock

b. : one of the fine flat wires which compose a reed in a loom and between which the warp threads pass ; also : the space between two such wires by which the number of practicable warp ends is determined


[French, from Middle French]

: a mountain peak that resembles a tooth in shape

IV. abbreviation

dental; dentist; dentistry

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.