Dent vs. Ding - What's the difference?

Wiktionary

  • Dent (noun)

    A shallow deformation in the surface of an object, produced by an impact.

    "The crash produced a dent in the left side of the car."

  • Dent (noun)

    A type of maize/corn with a relatively soft outer hull, and a soft type of starch that shrinks at maturity to leave an indentation in the surface of the kernel.

  • Dent (noun)

    A sudden negative change, such as loss, damage, weakening, consumption or diminution, especially one produced by an external force, event or action

    "That purchase put a bit of a dent in my wallet."

  • Dent (noun)

    A tooth, as of a card, a gear wheel, etc.

  • Dent (noun)

    A slot or a wire in a reed

  • Dent (verb)

    To impact something, producing a dent.

  • Dent (verb)

    To develop a dent or dents.

    "Copper is soft and dents easily."

  • Ding (noun)

    Very minor damage, a small dent or chip.

  • Ding (noun)

    A rejection.

    "I just got my first ding letter."

  • Ding (noun)

    The high-pitched resonant sound of a bell.

  • Ding (noun)

    The act of levelling up.

  • Ding (noun)

    An ancient Chinese vessel with legs and a lid.

  • Ding (verb)

    To hit or strike.

  • Ding (verb)

    To dash; to throw violently.

  • Ding (verb)

    To inflict minor damage upon, especially by hitting or striking.

  • Ding (verb)

    To fire or reject.

    "His top school dinged him last week."

  • Ding (verb)

    To deduct, as points, from another, in the manner of a penalty; to penalize.

    "My bank dinged me three bucks for using their competitor's ATM."

  • Ding (verb)

    To mishit (a golf ball).

  • Ding (verb)

    To make high-pitched sound like a bell.

  • Ding (verb)

    To keep repeating; impress by reiteration, with reference to the monotonous striking of a bell.

  • Ding (verb)

    To level up.

Oxford Dictionary

  • Ding (verb)

    make a ringing sound

    "cash registers were dinging softly"

  • Ding (verb)

    dent (something).

  • Ding (verb)

    hit (someone), especially on the head

    "I dinged him one"

  • Ding (verb)

    bump into

    "he dings into doorways like a bearing in a pinball machine"

  • Ding (interjection)

    used to imitate a metallic ringing sound resembling a bell.

  • Ding (noun)

    a mark or dent on the bodywork of a car, boat, or other vehicle.

  • Ding (noun)

    a blow on the head.

  • Ding (noun)

    a lively party or celebration.

Webster Dictionary

  • Dent (noun)

    A stroke; a blow.

  • Dent (noun)

    A slight depression, or small notch or hollow, made by a blow or by pressure; an indentation.

  • Dent (noun)

    A tooth, as of a card, a gear wheel, etc.

  • Dent

    To make a dent upon; to indent.

  • Ding

    To dash; to throw violently.

  • Ding

    To cause to sound or ring.

  • Ding (verb)

    To strike; to thump; to pound.

  • Ding (verb)

    To sound, as a bell; to ring; to clang.

  • Ding (verb)

    To talk with vehemence, importunity, or reiteration; to bluster.

  • Ding (noun)

    A thump or stroke, especially of a bell.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Dent (noun)

    an appreciable consequence (especially a lessening);

    "it made a dent in my bank account"

  • Dent (noun)

    a depression scratched or carved into a surface

  • Dent (noun)

    an impression in a surface (as made by a blow)

  • Dent (verb)

    make a depression into;

    "The bicycle dented my car"

  • Ding (verb)

    go `ding dong', like a bell

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