\ ˈdint How to pronounce dint (audio) \

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 The World Bank scandal also implicates the IMF by dint of Ms. Georgieva’s position. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 30 Sep. 2021 The implication was that—by dint of its race—his crowd was genetically distinct from, and superior to, the Black and brown immigrants that Trump consistently disparaged and targeted with his administration’s policies. Grace Huckins, Wired, 3 Sep. 2021 Alice, by dint of her sharp tongue and her Rooney-ness, holds the reins most firmly. Hillary Kelly, Los Angeles Times, 2 Sep. 2021 Jane Marie echoed Hitchon’s sentiment, saying MLMs excel at selling morality, which is particularly relevant for mothers — long assumed to be moral authorities by sheer dint of their biological capacity for childrearing. Sara Petersen, refinery29.com, 29 June 2021 This would allow sclerotic European countries to tax successful U.S. firms solely by dint of housing consumers rather than encouraging investment and risk-taking—while blunting the benefit of any incentives Congress wants to provide. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 15 July 2021 His book succeeds not by dint of dazzling language or narrative sleight of hand, but by his unwavering empathy, which leads him to create remarkably real, complex characters. Heller Mcalpin, WSJ, 16 June 2021 China's SOEs, by dint of their sheer size, dominate the ranks of Fortune's Global 500. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, 8 June 2021 Simply by dint of provenance, Postecoglou was unacceptable. Mike Meehall Wood, Forbes, 31 May 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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7 Oct 2021

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“Dint.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dint. Accessed 21 Oct. 2021.

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


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