dint

  • 1 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 …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 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

  • 3 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

  • 4 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

  • 5 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

  • 6 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

  • 7 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

  • 8 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

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

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 10 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

  • 11 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

  • 12 dint — noun 1 by dint of by using a particular method: By dint of persistent questioning, I finally got to the truth. 2 a small hollow in the surface of something made by hitting it: a dint in the car door …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 dint — UK [dɪnt] / US noun [countable] Word forms dint : singular dint plural dints a dent in a surface • by dint of something …

    English dictionary

  • 14 dint — dintless, adj. /dint/, n. 1. force; power: By dint of hard work she became head of the company. 2. a dent. 3. Archaic. a blow; stroke. v.t. 4. to make a dent or dents in. 5. to impress or drive in with force. [bef. 900; ME; OE dynt; c. ON dyntr]… …

    Universalium

  • 15 dint — [OE] Dint originally signified a ‘blow’ or ‘hit’, particularly one inflicted by a sword or similar weapon. Its meaning broadened out in the 14th century to ‘force of attack or impact’, and this is the source of the modern English phrase by dint… …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 16 dint — [OE] Dint originally signified a ‘blow’ or ‘hit’, particularly one inflicted by a sword or similar weapon. Its meaning broadened out in the 14th century to ‘force of attack or impact’, and this is the source of the modern English phrase by dint… …

    Word origins

  • 17 dint — See: BY DINT OF …

    Dictionary of American idioms

  • 18 dint — See: BY DINT OF …

    Dictionary of American idioms

  • 19 dint — 1. noun /dɪnt/ a) Force, power; especially in . Much daunted with that dint, her sence was dazd [...]. b) A dent. Ayein his dyntez sore ye may not yow defende. 2. verb /dɪnt/ To dent …

    Wiktionary

  • 20 dint — Did not. You stole my candy! No I dint! …

    Dictionary of american slang


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