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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

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Examples of dint in a Sentence

Noun left a small dint in the car's fender
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Simply by dint of provenance, Postecoglou was unacceptable. Mike Meehall Wood, Forbes, 31 May 2021 This latest memoir is a testimony to her determination to transcend her anxieties and find her way in life by dint of physical exertion and spiritual epiphanies. Heller Mcalpin, The Christian Science Monitor, 10 May 2021 But striated caracaras — colloquially known as Johnny rooks — are special by dint of their rarity and their far-flung homeland. Washington Post, 7 May 2021 In other words, the global wealth creation system has tipped in favor of those who achieve it by dint of their own efforts within their lifetimes. Justin Doebele, Forbes, 27 Apr. 2021 For Steinberg, Cubism was not a preformed optical or physical space, like a preexistent receptacle, but a space comparable to that engendered by language, or music—a space generated by dint of successive utterance. Jed Perl, The New York Review of Books, 27 Apr. 2021 By dint of our vaccine order, COVID-19 will start looking like a disease of the young. Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic, 21 Apr. 2021 By dint of its outsized influence, America’s biggest cryptocurrency exchange represents a bellwether for the industry at large. Robert Hackett, Fortune, 14 Apr. 2021 Raising her four daughters and young son by dint of loans, limited family legacies and hand-me-downs, Alice of Greece would eventually seek solace in religion and become a nun. Time, 9 Apr. 2021 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

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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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“Dint.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dint. Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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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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