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dent (consequence)

Definition:

an appreciable consequence (especially a lessening)

Class:

phenomenon noun (natural phenomena)

Plural:

dents

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Usage example:

it made a dent in my bank account

Etymology:

Middle English dent, dente, dint ("blow, strike, dent"), from Old English dynt...
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All senses of dent...

Definition references  (+images)

Merriam-Webster:

tooth | teeth [plural] | in the teeth of | to the teeth | taste [synonym, sense-specific] | cog [synonym, sense-specific] | completely [synonym, sense-specific] | liking [synonym, sense-specific] | toothlike [adjective, related]

one of the hard bony appendages that are borne on the jaws or in many of ... | "taste", "liking" | a projection resembling or suggesting the tooth of ... (27 of 322 words, 8 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciations, 1 image)

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dent [entry 1, verb] | abate [synonym, sense-specific] | de-escalate [synonym, sense-specific] | decrease [synonym, sense-specific] | deplete [synonym, sense-specific] | diminish [synonym, sense-specific] | downscale [synonym, sense-specific] | downsize [synonym, sense-specific] | drop [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

to make a dent in | to have a weakening effect on | to form a dent by sinking inward; become dented (20 of 187 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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dent [entry 2, noun]

a depression or hollow made by a blow or by pressure | an appreciable impression or effect often made against resistance ; specifically, a weakening ... (24 of 56 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples)

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dent [entry 4, abbreviation] | dental [synonym] | dentistry [synonym] | dentist [synonym]

dental; dentist; dentistry (3 of 8 words)

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Wiktionary:

dent | dents [plural] | dented [past tense] | denting [present participle] | impressure [obsolete] | impressures [obsolete, plural] | impression [obsolete]

A shallow deformation in the surface of an object, produced by an impact. | [informal] A sudden negative change, such as loss, damage, weakening, consumption or diminution, especially one produced by an external force, event or action | [transitive] To... (38 of 90 words, 5 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation, 1 image)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/dent

Collins Dictionary:

dent | dent. | denti- | before a vowel dent- | dental [synonym, sense-specific] | dentistry [synonym, sense-specific]

a hollow or dip in a surface, as one made by pressure or a blow | an appreciable effect, especially of lessening | to impress or be impressed with a ... (28 of 582 words, 8 definitions, 10 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/dent

Wikipedia:

Dent [disambiguation]

may refer to: An abrasion, scratch, blemish, or imperfection caused by a collision | Dent (surname) | Dent May, American musician | Dent (Pokémon), the Japanese name for a Gym Leader in Pokémon Black and White, named Cilan in English. | Dent... (38 of 227 words, 21 definitions)

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Random House Dictionary:

dent | dent- | dent. | make a dent [sense-specific] | make a dent in [sense-specific] | dent.: dental [sense-specific] | dent.: dentist [sense-specific] | dent.: dentistry [sense-specific]

a hollow or depression in a surface, as from a blow. | a noticeable effect, especially of reduction. | "make a dent": "Informal". to cause a person to ... (26 of 198 words, 14 definitions, 8 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/dent

Oxford Dictionary:

dent | diminish [synonym, sense-specific]

a slight hollow in a hard even surface made by a blow or pressure | a reduction in amount or size | mark with a dent | have an adverse effect on; ... (29 of 104 words, 4 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/dent

American Heritage Dictionary:

dent | dented [past tense] | denting [present participle] | dents [3rd-person singular present]

A depression in a surface made by pressure or a blow | [informal] A significant, usually diminishing effect or impression | [informal] Meaningful ... (21 of 94 words, 6 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

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New World Dictionary:

dent

a slight hollow made in a surface by a blow or pressure | an appreciable effect, often a lessening or adverse effect | to make a dent in | to become ... (28 of 58 words, 7 definitions, pronunciation)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

dent [transitive, verb] | dented [past tense] | denting [present participle] | dents [3rd-person singular present]

to make a dent in a surface | to have a bad effect on something (14 of 57 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/dent 5

dent [countable] | dents [plural] | make a dent in something

a place where a surface has been pushed or knocked inwards | "make a dent in something": [informal] to reduce the amount of something (23 of 55 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/dent

Cambridge Dictionary:

dent [entry 1]

a small hollow mark in the surface of something, caused by pressure or by being hit (16 of 28 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/dent 1

dent [entry 2]

to make a small hollow mark in the surface of something | If you dent someone's confidence or pride, you make them feel less confident or proud (26 of 55 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/dent 2

Britannica Encyclopedia:

event [occurrence]

notion that became of singular importance in the philosophical speculation about relativity physics. The best-known analyses are those of the ... (20 of 71 words)

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Encarta Dictionary:

dent | dents [plural] | dented [past tense] | denting [present participle]

to make a shallow depression in the surface of something by hitting it or putting pressure on it, or receive a depression through pressure | to do ... (26 of 155 words, 6 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861603737​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Wiktionary:

dent | dents [plural] | dented [past tense] | denting [present participle]

Origin: Middle English dent, dente, dint ("blow, strike, dent"), from Old English dynt ("blow, strike, the mark or noise of a blow"), from Proto-Germanic *duntiz ("a blow"). Akin to Old Norse dyntr ("dint"). More at dint. | French, ... (36 of 43 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/dent

Online Etymology:

dent

First use: early 14th century

Origin: "a strike or blow", dialectal variant of Middle English "dint"; sense of "indentation" first recorded 1560s, apparently influenced by indent. ... (23 of 31 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=dent

Collins Dictionary:

dent | dent. | denti- | before a vowel dent-

First use: 13th century | 16th century

Origin: (in the sense: a stroke, blow): variant of dint | from French: tooth | from Latin dēns, dent-

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/dent

American Heritage Dictionary:

dent | dented [past tense] | denting [present participle] | dents [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English dent, variant of dint, blow, from Old English dynt. | French; see "dentist".

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Oxford Dictionary:

dent

Origin: Middle English (designating a blow with a weapon): variant of "dint"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/dent

New World Dictionary:

dent

Origin: Middle English, variant of "dint" | French from Latin dens, "tooth"

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Merriam-Webster:

dent [entry 1, verb]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Middle English, short for indenten to make dents in, indent

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/dent

dent [entry 3, noun]

First use: 1703

Origin: French, literally, tooth, from Latin dent-, dens

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Encarta Dictionary:

dent | dents [plural] | dented [past tense] | denting [present participle]

First use: 13th century

Origin: Variant of dint

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861603737​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

dent | dent. | denti- | before a vowel dent-

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "dent"

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

dent [transitive, verb] | dented [past tense] | denting [present participle] | dents [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "dent"

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dent [countable] | dents [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "dent"

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

dent [transitive, verb] | dented [past tense] | denting [present participle] | dents [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "dent"

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dent [countable] | dents [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "dent"

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Cambridge Dictionary:

dent [entry 2]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "dent"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "dent"

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the Free Dictionary:

dent

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "dent"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "dent"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "dent" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

dent | dents [plural] | dented [past tense] | denting [present participle]

Audio: English pronunciation of "dent"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

dent

Audio: North American pronunciation of "dent"

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Dent

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YourDictionary Audio:

dent

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