• WordNet 3.6
    • v dent make a depression into "The bicycle dented my car"
    • n dent an impression in a surface (as made by a blow)
    • n dent an appreciable consequence (especially a lessening) "it made a dent in my bank account"
    • n dent a depression scratched or carved into a surface
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The expression cooked "al dente" means "to the tooth." What this means is that the pasta should be somewhat firm, and offer some resistance to the tooth, but should also be tender
    • Dent A slight depression, or small notch or hollow, made by a blow or by pressure; an indentation. "A blow that would have made a dent in a pound of butter."
    • Dent A stroke; a blow. "He, with a careless beat ,
      Struck out the mute creation at a heat."
      "That dent of thunder.""Nor shield defend the thunder of his throws ."
    • n Dent (Mach) A tooth, as of a card, a gear wheel, etc.
    • v. t Dent To make a dent upon; to indent. "The houses dented with bullets."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n dent A stroke; a blow.
    • n dent Force; weight; dint.
    • n dent a hollow mark made by a blow or by pressure; a small hollow or depression on the surface of a solid or a plastic body; an indented impression; a dint.
    • dent Marked by a dent or impression; dented; only in the phrase dent corn, Indian corn which has a depression in each kernel.
    • dent To make a dent of small hollow in; mark with dents or impressions.
    • dent To aim a denting or effective blow.
    • n dent A notch; an indentation.
    • n dent A tooth of a comb, metallic brush, or card.
    • n dent A salient tooth or knob in the works of a lock.
    • n dent A tooth of a gear-wheel.
    • n dent A cane or wire of the reed frame in a weavers' loom.
    • dent To notch; indent.
    • n dent An abbreviation of dental;
    • n dent of dentist;
    • n dent of dentistry.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Dent dent a small hollow made by the pressure or blow of a harder body on a softer
    • v.t Dent to make a mark by means of a blow
    • n Dent dent a notch
    • v.t Dent to notch
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. L. dens, dentis, tooth. See Tooth


In literature:

Going down to the edge of the creek, at one side of the bridge, Russ dented in the outside top of his cap, and filled it with water.
"Six Little Bunkers at Uncle Fred's" by Laura Lee Hope
Soft, yellow gold, so fine you could almost dent it.
"The Coast of Chance" by Esther Chamberlain
The target was brought to us afterwards and we were shown that the projectiles went straight through without a side dent.
"A Journey Through France in War Time" by Joseph G. Butler, Jr.
The Mad Hatter and the Griffon hastily raised him only to find he had made a dreadful dent in his shell.
"Grace Harlowe's Third Year at Overton College" by Jessie Graham Flower
As Ernie tells me about it he rubs himself reminiscent and gazes sorrowful at his dented derby.
"Torchy and Vee" by Sewell Ford
She ran down the steps in the light of the young crescent moon, and rubbed her arm a little where the fingers had almost made a dent.
"A Little Girl in Old Detroit" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
At vobis mala multa di deaeque Dent, opprobria Romulei Remique.
"The Carmina of Caius Valerius Catullus" by Caius Valerius Catullus
The hot water kills the bacteria that collect in the dents or cracks of the utensil.
"Agriculture for Beginners" by Charles William Burkett
Austill was hurt pretty badly on the head, and a permanent dent in his skull attested the narrowness of his escape.
"The Big Brother" by George Cary Eggleston
Judge Dent was one of that number.
"The Journal of Negro History, Volume 3, 1918" by Various

In poetry:

And traced upon the pillowing stone
A dent is seen, as if to bless
The quiet sleep some grieving one
Had leaned, and left a soft impress.
"The Cradle Tomb In Westminster Abbey" by Susan Coolidge
"A broken doll, whose lips
And cheeks of waxen bloom
Show dents of fingers small,--
Little, fair finger-tips,--
A worn sash,--that is all."
"My Little Ghost" by Susan Coolidge
Immortal lid, I lift my own to thee!
Tenacious lid, that Time nor dents nor tears!
Symbol encrusted with antiquity! --
The dear old Paper Cap that Labor wears.
"Ballade Of A Moss-Grown Symbol" by Bert Leston Taylor
Around his path the shadows
Stalk ever grim and high:
Spears flash in hands long withered,
And dented shields give cry;
Or misty woman-faces
Laugh out, and pass him by.
"The Curse Of Mora" by Anna Johnston MacManus
At noon I scaled along the house-side as far as
The coal-house door. Once I looked up -
Through the brunt wind that dented the balls of my eyes
The tent of the hills drummed and strained its guyrope,
"Wind" by Ted Hughes
Honest & cruel, peace now to his soul.
He never loved his body, being full of dents.
A wrinkled peace to this good man.
Henry is half in love with one of his students
and the sad process continues to the whole
as it swarmed & began.
"Dream Song 121: Grief is fatiguing. He is out of it" by John Berryman

In news:

Redevelopment Agency dissolution was another 'dent' in San Bernardino's financial condition.
Switched On Gardener shop on Lower Dent St, Whangarei, was searched as part of Operation Lime.
Drug Task Force officials tell ABC 5 they've dismantled a large drug trafficking organization in Great Falls, making a dent in the amount of drugs being imported into Montana.
The InBay RM can be installed inside or outside of a wash, and it features a high-density polyethylene rotary mold that makes it dent and corrosion proof.
Windows Phone is making a dent in China after only two months.
Dr Richard A Dent, a Baptist minister, taking part.
Trader Joseph Dente, center, moves through a crowd on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Tuesday, Feb 28, 2012.
Skupin stepped up at a balance challenge, somehow managing to rest six balls on six dents on a single wooden paddle.
View this Maximum Exposure 2000 Chevy Silverado Tailgate Dent Photo 1.
Making a dent in nursing- faculty shortage, but there's a long way to go.
Faltering film studio puts dent into state employee retirement fund.
Almagro's Tour Finals hopes dented by Ferrer .
Firefighters Myron Dent and Jeffrey Harrison LOUISE KRAFFT.
Food banks raise alarm as drought dents government supplies.
On the other hand, feeding 10,000 growing grasshoppers could make a serious dent in their winter provisions.

In science:

We are quite confident that we may not only get simpler proofs for already known results but should also obtain derivations of new formulae.
A simple proof of Bailey's very-well-poised 6-psi-6 summation
Whether the additional directionality in the JONSWAP spectrum changes our statistics is still an open question; at the same time we are confident that our results can apply to the case in which the spectrum is quasi-unidirectional.
Freak Waves in Random Oceanic Sea States
If the resulting radiation is approximately unchanged, then the two independent treatments are agreeing with each other and we can be confident in the results.
Modeling gravitational radiation from coalescing binary black holes
We are confident to fully resolve even these states in the semiclassical spectrum when applying the cross-correlation technique for harmonic inversion .
Semiclassical quantization with bifurcating orbits
We are therefore confident that the Galactic sample is similar to the LMC IR C stars.
An Upper Limit to the Age of the Galactic Bar