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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


left a small dint in the car's fender

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Shanghvi had earned his wealth not even by building a conglomerate, but by dint of focusing just on one sector—pharmaceuticals. Soma Das, Quartz India, "Once India’s richest man, this pharma tycoon valued his anonymity over wealth," 21 June 2019 This cycle is also historic by dint of Ohtani being the first Japanese player to record one. Jon Tayler, SI.com, "Pitching Career on Hold, Shohei Ohtani the Hitter Is as Good as Ever," 13 June 2019 Had one particular social and political system, by dint of hard experience, proven superior to all its rivals? Robert Darnton, The New York Review of Books, "David A. Bell," 17 Jan. 2019 And by dint of their business models, those companies are relatively insulated because drivers pay their own way, fuel and all. Eric Newcomer, latimes.com, "Why Silicon Valley doesn't mind rising gas prices," 6 July 2018 By dint of hard work and proximity to the White House decision-making process, his power would come to surpass that of most cabinet members. Mattathias Schwartz, New York Times, "A Spymaster Steps Out of the Shadows," 27 June 2018

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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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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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miscellaneous remnants or debris

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