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dent 1

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.]

dent 2

See tooth.

[French; see dentist.]


having a surface containing a hollow or dip
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.dented - of metal e.g.dented - of metal e.g.; "bent nails"; "a car with a crumpled front end"; "dented fenders"
damaged - harmed or injured or spoiled; "I won't buy damaged goods"; "the storm left a wake of badly damaged buildings"


[ˈdentɪd] ADJabollado, con abolladuras


[ˈdɛntɪd] adj [car, can] → cabossé(e)
References in classic literature ?
The Scarecrow had fairly thrown himself upon the bosom of his old comrade, so surprised and delighted was he to see him again, and Tiktok squeezed the Tin Woodman's hand so earnestly that he dented some of his fingers.
At last, he emerged with his hat very much dented and crushed down over his eyes, and began creaking and limping about the room, as if, not being much accustomed to boots, his pair of damp, wrinkled cowhide ones -- probably not made to order either --rather pinched and tormented him at the first go off of a bitter cold morning.
"I will," declared the Scarecrow, "for, if you found that you could not jump over the gulf, Dorothy would be killed, or the Tin Woodman badly dented on the rocks below.
He saw the gilded halls of pleasure that would open their portals to the possessor of the wealth which lay scattered upon this stained and dented table top.
Yet all the while his stump of tail valiantly bobbed back and forth, and, when released from such blissful contact, his silky ears flattened back and down as, with first a scarlet slash of tongue to cheek, he seized her hand between his teeth and dented the soft skin with a love bite that did not hurt.
She wore a short skirt of red and yellow and her hair, instead of being banged, was a tangle of short curls upon which rested a circular crown of silver--much dented and twisted because the Queen had thrown her head at so many things so many times.