dent

Dent \Dent\ (d[e^]nt), n. [A variant of {Dint}.] 1. A stroke; a blow. [Obs.] ``That dent of thunder.'' --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] 2. A slight depression, or small notch or hollow, made by a blow or by pressure; an indentation. [1913 Webster] A blow that would have made a dent in a pound of butter. --De Quincey. [1913 Webster]