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Definition of dint

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : force, power
3 archaic : blow, stroke
by dint of
: by force of : because of succeeded by dint of hard work


dinted; dinting; dints

Definition of dint (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to make a dent in
2 : to impress or drive in with force

Examples of dint in a Sentence

Noun left a small dint in the car's fender
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun By dint of prudence and a few passes at the dog races, Mrs. Harris just might raise the dosh for a junket across the Channel and a shopping spree. Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, 12 July 2022 By dint of considerable engineering, it was eventually seamlessly joined to the Gettys’ original house. James Reginato, Town & Country, 5 July 2022 Shanghai and Beijing, by dint of unprecedented testing and surveillance measures, managed to contain their COVID outbreaks and were exiting lockdown. Clay Chandler, Fortune, 27 June 2022 That said, the undisputed king of returning movie warriors has to be Harrison Ford, by dint of his starring in the two franchises that started the ball rolling in the first place. Ty Burr, Washington Post, 27 May 2022 Perhaps because of his background in the military or perhaps just by dint of disposition, Dickson adhered strictly to the chain of command. Peter Elkind, ProPublica, 26 May 2022 Madhavan, who is also a producer on the film, managed all three roles by dint of separation. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 18 May 2022 The cities of southeastern Ukraine, by dint of geography and history, tend to be overwhelmingly Russian-speaking. Joshua Yaffa, The New Yorker, 16 May 2022 To the east lies the city park of Runyon Canyon, where the beautiful people get more beautiful by dint of strenuous hiking and dog-walking. Los Angeles Times, 3 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Then he was moved to the second unit, which seemed to dint his confidence. Patrick Murray, Forbes, 23 May 2021 See More

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First Known Use of dint


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3


1597, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dint


Middle English, from Old English dynt; akin to Old Norse dyntr noise

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Kids Definition of dint

: the force or power of something used in the phrase by dint of They succeeded by dint of hard work.


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