Pronunciation: (dent),[key] —n. 1. a hollow or depression in a surface, as from a blow.
2. a noticeable effect, esp. of reduction: to leave a dent in one's savings; a dent in one's pride. 3. make a dent,Informal.to cause a person to take heed; make an impression: The doctor told him to stop smoking, but it didn't make a dent. 4. make a dent in, to show initial progress; pass an initial stage of (work, thought, solving a problem, etc.): I haven't even made a dent in this pile of work.
—v.t. 1. to make a dent in or on; indent: The impact dented the car's fender. 2. to have the effect of reducing or slightly injuring: The caustic remark dented his ego.
—v.i. 1. to show dents; become indented: Tin dents more easily than steel. 2. to sink in, making a dent: Nails dent into metal.
Pronunciation: (dent),[key] —n. 1. a toothlike projection, as a tooth of a gearwheel.
2. Textiles.the space between two wires through which the warp ends are drawn in the reed of a loom.