1. A shallow deformation in the surface of an object, produced by an impact.
    The crash produced a dent in the left side of the car.
  2. A sudden negative change, such as loss, damage, weakening, consumption or diminution, especially one produced by an external force, event or action
    That purchase put a bit of a dent in my wallet.

Noun (etymology 2)

  1. A tooth, as of a card, a gear wheel, etc.


  1. To impact something, producing a dent.
  2. To develop a dent or dents.
    ''Copper is soft and dents easily.

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