dint

noun
\ ˈdint How to pronounce dint (audio) \

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

dint

verb
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 By dint of sheer numbers, 870s have undoubtedly broken more targets than any other trap gun. Phil Bourjaily, Field & Stream, "The 10 Best Trap Guns Ever," 5 May 2020 Italy, by dint of its early and widespread exposure to the virus, has an opportunity to gain insight into how the virus works and the biological properties that protect against it. Jason Horowitz, BostonGlobe.com, "In Italy, going back to work may depend on having the right antibodies," 4 Apr. 2020 Italy, by dint of its early and widespread exposure to the virus, has an opportunity to gain insight into how the virus works and the biological properties that protect against it. Jason Horowitz, New York Times, "In Italy, Going Back to Work May Depend on Having the Right Antibodies," 4 Apr. 2020 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

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First Known Use of dint

Noun

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

Verb

1597, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dint

Noun

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

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

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23 May 2020

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“Dint.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dint. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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dint

noun
\ ˈdint How to pronounce dint (audio) \

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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