A stroke; a blow.
- A depression in a surface made by pressure or a blow: a dent in the side of a car.
- Informal A significant, usually diminishing effect or impression: The loss put a dent in the team's confidence.
- Informal Meaningful progress; headway: at least made a dent in the work.
- To make a dent in.
- To become dented: a fender that dents easily.
- See tooth.