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Definition of dint

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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 But the thought that Steyer may have juked his way to second place in some of the polls, solely by dint of having the money to maximize attention, should be sobering. Libby Watson, The New Republic, "The Billionaire Grifter’s Threat to Democracy," 13 Jan. 2020 But, by opening their economy to the world, and by dint of their people’s hard work, Chinese leaders have lifted hundreds of millions from poverty. Trudy Rubin, Twin Cities, "Trudy Rubin: Talk of a ‘new Cold War’ between U.S. and China is misleading," 15 Nov. 2019 Another score by Hassan Haskins was added for good measure until Maryland finally had its breakthrough that came, ironically, by dint of its special teams. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football's blowout win more about just how bad Maryland is right now," 2 Nov. 2019 This revolution wasn't happening in history textbooks but now, in my generation, and any of us could be part of it solely by dint of our abilities. Wired, "Edward Snowden in His Own Words: Why I Became a Whistle-Blower," 22 Sep. 2019 That brought the tally over two legs to 3-3, giving Spurs passage to the final round by dint of the team’s superior away goals tally. Washington Post, "Liverpool and Spurs Wins Are a Victory for Caution," 20 Sep. 2019 There were Democratic sources who likened the broadcast of the testimony to the movie adaptation of the Mueller report, and therefore destined, by dint of the screen, to draw more eyeballs than its voluminous source material. Troy Patterson, The New Yorker, "In Search of a “Viral Moment” at the Robert Mueller Hearings," 25 July 2019 The bad news is there's a chance that Warren, who is in the top tier of contenders, and Klobuchar, who is eager to stand out, could eviscerate him by dint of comparison. Jonathan Allen, NBC News, "The do-or-die mission for Democrats hitting the stage Wednesday night," 26 June 2019 But along the way the limits of human endurance were redefined and the world became smaller by dint of human endeavor. David James, Anchorage Daily News, "In 'To the Edges of the Earth,’ a look at the people who pushed human exploration to its limits," 22 June 2019

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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 26 Feb. 2020.

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Kids Definition of dint

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

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