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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 There was never any reason to believe GOP leaders would suddenly be willing to work with any Democrats on any major legislation by dint of Biden’s election; this, Biden no doubt knew firsthand from the Obama years. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Biden Was Half-Right About His Power Over Republicans," 23 Mar. 2021 By dint of his own imagination and fierce longing to be a healed and healing person, Reginald Dwayne Betts has followed in Malcolm X's footsteps. Rohan Preston, Star Tribune, "In his journey from jail to Yale Law, felon-turned-poet writes 'to remember who I am'," 5 Mar. 2021 Repetition has an indelible place in Black expressive culture: in the syncopated rhythms of jazz, the phrasal repetitions of the blues and the guttural moans of soul made meaningful by dint of remarkable vocal performances. Adam Bradley, New York Times, "The Artists Dismantling the Barriers Between Rap and Poetry," 4 Mar. 2021 Our attitude toward public transportation can be best summed up by Elon Musk, the guy who is, by dint of his power and influence, somehow treated as our nation’s leading authority on transportation. Mike Pearl, The New Republic, "Could “Amtrak Joe” Revolutionize Public Transport?," 4 Feb. 2021 In California, the overarching story throughout the pandemic has been of a state that by dint of its population has huge numbers of cases. New York Times, "Most of California Locks Down Again as Coronavirus Strains Hospitals," 7 Dec. 2020 Men usually hold the levers of power by dint of the self-righteousness that is expected from their gender, but women can master the game as well. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: Moral Hazzard," 4 Dec. 2020 By dint of these factors, blood cancers have long served as a proving ground for new cancer treatments. Scientific American, "An Ongoing Revolution in Blood Cancer," 1 Dec. 2020 To me, Premium is the only rung worth talking about since the others, by dint of including fewer services, aren’t really worthy of the term One. Steven Levy, Wired, "Apple One Could Be a Bundle of Problems," 18 Sep. 2020

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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 16 Apr. 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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