Dint
Dint Dint, n. [OE. dint, dent, dunt, a blow, AS. dynt; akin to Icel. dyntr a dint, dynta to dint, and perh. to L. fendere (in composition). Cf. 1st {Dent}, {Defend}.] 1. A blow; a stroke. [Obs.] ``Mortal dint.'' --Milton. ``Like thunder's dint.'' --Fairfax. [1913 Webster]

2. The mark left by a blow; an indentation or impression made by violence; a dent. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

Every dint a sword had beaten in it [the shield]. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

3. Force; power; -- esp. in the phrase by dint of. [1913 Webster]

Now you weep; and, I perceive, you feel The dint of pity. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

It was by dint of passing strength That he moved the massy stone at length. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]


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  • dint — [dınt] n [: Old English; Origin: dynt blow, hit ] by dint of (doing) sth by using a particular method ▪ By dint of hard work and persistence, she had got the job of manager …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • dint — [ dınt ] noun count a DENT in a surface by dint of something FORMAL by means of something …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • dint — ► NOUN ▪ an impression or hollow in a surface; a dent. ● by dint of Cf. ↑by dint of ORIGIN Old English, «a blow with a weapon» …   English terms dictionary

  • dint — [dint] n. [ME < OE dynt < IE base * dhen , to strike > DING] 1. force; exertion: now chiefly in by dint of 2. a dent 3. Archaic a blow vt. 1. to dent 2. to drive in wit …   English World dictionary

  • Dint — Dint, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Dinted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Dinting}.] To make a mark or cavity on or in, by a blow or by pressure; to dent. Donne. Tennyson. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dint — O.E. dynt blow dealt in fighting (especially by a sword), from P.Gmc. *duntiz (Cf. O.N. dyntr blow, kick ). Phrase by dint of ... by force of, by means of, is early 14c …   Etymology dictionary

  • dint — I noun ableness, authority, control, effectiveness, effectuality, efficacy, force, forcefulness, greatness, influence, might, mightiness, potence, potency, power, powerfulness, prepotency, pressure, puissance, strength, superiority, sway, vigor,… …   Law dictionary

  • dint — n. by dint of (by dint of hard work) * * * [dɪnt] by dint of (by dint of hard work) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • dint — /dɪnt / (say dint) noun 1. a dent. 2. Obsolete a blow; stroke. –verb (t) 3. to make a dint or dints in. 4. to impress or drive in with force. –phrase 5. by dint of, by means of: by dint of argument. {Middle English; Old English dynt} –dintless,… …   Australian English dictionary

  • dint — [[t]dɪ̱nt[/t]] PHR PREP If you achieve a result by dint of something, you achieve it by means of that thing. [WRITTEN] He succeeds by dint of sheer hard work... He has acquired, by dint of threatening to resign, a directorate general with about… …   English dictionary

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