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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 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 In other words, people who finish college may already be more likely to earn a higher income purely by dint of their character than those who do not. Jarrett Skorup, National Review, "In Praise of Trade School," 17 Sep. 2020 There is a connection between the far right’s radicalization of the American suburbs and the social inequality that private property augments, and which every person who purchases a home taps into by dint of their social position. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "The Suburbs Are Still Hell," 2 Sep. 2020 What do the thousand nine hundred and ninety-six other students think about their four peers becoming the first-among-equals by dint of being filmed? Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "“Boys State,” Reviewed: A Frustratingly Hermetic View of Texas Teen Politicos," 20 Aug. 2020 His departure was so disgustingly splendid that jewels, precious metals, and other finery had to be imported from Venice — all the recent Borgia celebrations had put a dint in the Roman supply of luxury goods. Anne Thériault, Longreads, "Queens of Infamy: Lucrezia Borgia," 28 May 2020 And if every man can ascend so quickly, by dint of death or sacrifice, then perhaps age-old legends of freedom and promised lands and American Dreams can still be made to ring true. J.c. Hallman, The New Republic, "Minneapolis in the Aftermath," 4 June 2020 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

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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 23 Oct. 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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