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1. A depression in a surface made by pressure or a blow: a dent in the side of a car.
2. Informal A significant, usually diminishing effect or impression: The loss put a dent in the team's confidence.
3. Informal Meaningful progress; headway: at least made a dent in the work.
v. dent·ed, dent·ing, dents
To make a dent in.
To become dented: a fender that dents easily.
[Middle English dent, variant of dint, blow, from Old English dynt.]
[French; see dentist.]
having a surface containing a hollow or dip