Adjective "dented" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


A slight hollow in a hard even surface made by a blow or pressure.
  1. 'Its condition is good, despite the surface dents.'
  2. 'He stared unbelievingly through the windshield at the rocks bouncing madly on the hood and the growing profusion of small dents on the surface of the metal.'
  3. 'It was his job to check the van out for scratches, dents and other damage.'
  4. 'The primary use of ‘dimple’ is in reference to small hollows formed by the cheeks when smiling or to a small dent in the surface of the chin.'
  5. 'The boot is in the original grey presentation box and is in good condition apart from a dent at the front.'
  6. 'Exterior parts need to be checked as well - the hood, doors, bumper may have cracks, dents and holes.'
  7. 'There was a slight dent in the sheets next to me, and I knew that Charles had been sleeping there last night.'
  8. 'For a second I thought the bullet had gone right through, as I felt a pain in the front and back of my head, but I soon realised the bullet had done little damage other than make a slight dent in my skull.'
  9. 'Mark punches out angrily at a wall and makes a dent in the surface, hurting his fist.'
  10. 'Inside the bridge of the Goldoba, Ramirez clenched the rails around the helmsman's chair so hard he left dents in the metal.'
A reduction in amount or size.
  1. 'Well I'm just in from a good forty minutes of hard labour all just to make a pathetic dent in the snow outside my front door.'
  2. 'In the first year or so, your monthly bond repayment makes almost no dent in the capital amount owed.'
  3. 'As a result, there is unlikely to be even the slightest dent in the demand for gold from India, particularly as we remain in the festival season.'
  4. 'The walls were still bare and there were plenty of unopened boxes, but she had made a dent in the unpacking and the place was starting to look inhabited.'
  5. 'They have been tearing away at the rubble for a week now, and more than 10,000 tonnes has been removed, But it has hardly made a dent in the mountain.'
  6. 'The forest was pitch black; even the moon hardly made a dent in the gloom.'
  7. 'The ham was massive, and even this voracious assault had barely made a dent in its snacky deliciousness.'
  8. 'The legal settlements companies now regularly pay out have not dented this margin because consumers foot the bill through huge price hikes.'
  9. 'But the wage demands of players in recent years have been such that these vast sums have barely made a dent in the economic problems of English football.'
  10. 'Making an effective dent in energy costs requires a deeper understanding of energy than just how much electricity facilities use.'


Mark with a dent.
  1. 'He hit a Chevrolet Cavalier in the driveway, denting the trunk and cutting a Z-shape in the antennae.'
  2. 'It also looked aged, the sides dented, and rusted from too much battle, not enough care.'
  3. 'Such humility filled him, that when he was reunited with his family he cast aside his crown, denting it on one side.'
  4. 'Blundell's chances had already been dented by an engine problem before he even had a chance to turn a wheel in anger.'
  5. 'With a growl, Satyr turned on the engine and accelerated into his father's car, denting the side and scratching the doors.'
  6. 'Ryo had totally missed the trashcan and instead had dented someone's mailbox a few feet away from the target.'
  7. 'The BMW's windscreen was smashed on the driver's side and the bonnet was left dented from the impact of the collision.'
  8. 'He was pulling the handle then started kicking the driver's door, pulling his leg right back and denting it.'
  9. 'The driver of the vehicle that Eubank reversed into, denting the bumper and smashing a headlight, said: ‘He reversed into me without looking.’'
  10. 'He lashed out with his boot at his own car, denting the door bodywork.'
Have an adverse effect on; diminish.
  1. 'Some importing counties fear that supplies will become so tight that they will face higher energy costs - denting an already fragile global economy.'
  2. 'Ironically, much of it dents fund-raising fetes and shows, precisely the opposite result of what organisers expect from a charity event.'
  3. 'He insists the experience hasn't dented his enthusiasm for making another film, but he would never adapt one of his plays again.'
  4. 'Slightly annoyingly I am not allowed to close them for two days, which rather dents the initial excitement of finally having curtains.'
  5. 'DVD sales may already be denting the box office.'
  6. 'Wellstone's negatives are already high, and political ads aren't likely to dent his solid base of support.'
  7. 'But it is bound to dent the widespread public sympathy to those devastated by foot and mouth disease.'
  8. 'Rising inflation could force the central bank to raise its benchmark interest rate, hampering lending activity and economic growth, and almost certainly denting purchasing power.'
  9. 'As much as it dents my already injured pride, Scorpion is right.'
  10. 'But, remarkably, the scandals passed over without denting his credibility, even among conservative voters.'

More definitions

1. a hollow or depression in a surface, as from a blow.

2. a noticeable effect, especially of reduction: to leave a dent in one's savings; a dent in one's pride. verb (used with object)

3. to make a dent in or on; indent: The impact dented the car's fender.

4. to have the effect of reducing or slightly injuring: The caustic remark dented his ego. verb (used without object)

5. to show dents; become indented: Tin dents more easily than steel.

6. to sink in, making a dent: Nail

More examples(as adjective)

"solemnities can be dented by arrivals."

"seriousnesses can be dented by arrivals."

"sentiments can be dented by newses."

"attempts can be dented by rallies."

"sentiments can be dented."

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(dent)Middle English (designating a blow with a weapon): variant of dint.