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Definition of din

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1 : a loud continued noise especially : a welter of discordant sounds trying to hear each other over the din in the bar
2 : a situation or condition resembling a din


dinned; dinning

Definition of din (Entry 2 of 4)

intransitive verb

: to make a loud noise

transitive verb

1 : to assail with loud continued noise dinned his ears
2 : to impress (see impress entry 1 sense 2c) by insistent repetition often used with intolessons dinned into us as children

Definition of din (Entry 3 of 4)


Definition of DIN (Entry 4 of 4)

German Industrial Standards

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Examples of din in a Sentence

Noun It was hard to hear anything above the din in the restaurant. there's always a great din from the cafeteria during lunch Verb safety lessons dinned into us over and over
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Amid the daily din of presidential politics, Covid-19 recriminations and racial protests, old alliances are breaking up and new ones are forming. William A. Galston, WSJ, "Behind the Business Lobby’s New Politics," 15 Sep. 2020 The din of city traffic is about 85 decibels; the hum of a dial tone, 80 decibels. Jonas Shaffer, baltimoresun.com, "‘Ghost games,’ hot hands and canned noise: Imagining a Ravens season without fans," 9 Sep. 2020 Over Hong Kong’s year of mass protests, certain moments rose above the din, some humorous and touching, others violent and disturbing. Timothy Mclaughlin, The Atlantic, "How History Gets Rewritten," 8 Sep. 2020 His exhortation fell on deaf ears amid the din of rallying cries, which by then included false reports of Tusken’s death. Francine Uenuma, Smithsonian Magazine, "One Hundred Years Ago, a Lynch Mob Killed Three Men in Minnesota," 10 June 2020 Heather could hear the din of machinery through the phone, the white noise from the negative-pressure machine and breathing equipment that surrounded her husband. Marc Lester, Anchorage Daily News, "‘I really thought I was losing my husband’: An Anchorage couple shares their experience with COVID-19," 28 Aug. 2020 Even telescopes aboard Earth-orbiting satellites sometimes struggle to acquire data amidst the din. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Far Side of the Moon May Someday Have Its Own Telescope, Thanks to NASA Funding," 17 Apr. 2020 The beit din then has the right to demand the get be given. Rabbi Avi Weiss, sun-sentinel.com, "Ki Teitzei parsha: Protecting the modern day agunah," 24 Aug. 2020 When arenas are filled with 20,000 people, the din of crowd noise muffles much of those conversations from the general public. Tim Reynolds, The Denver Post, "Referees gearing up for their return to NBA games, too," 16 July 2020

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First Known Use of din


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for din

Noun and Verb

Middle English, from Old English dyne; akin to Old Norse dynr din, Sanskrit dhvanati it roars

Abbreviation (2)

German Deutsche Industrie-Normen

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The first known use of din was before the 12th century

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20 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Din.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/din. Accessed 26 Sep. 2020.

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How to pronounce DIN (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of din

: a loud, confusing mixture of noises that lasts for a long time


\ ˈdin How to pronounce din (audio) \

Kids Definition of din

: loud confused noise …my voice echoed through the quiet bus over the din of voices in my head.— Ingrid Law, Savvy

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