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dint

[dint] /dɪnt/
noun
1.
force; power:
By dint of hard work she became head of the company.
2.
a dent.
3.
Archaic. a blow; stroke.
verb (used with object)
4.
to make a dent or dents in.
5.
to impress or drive in with force.
Origin of dint
900
before 900; Middle English; Old English dynt; cognate with Old Norse dyntr
Related forms
dintless, adjective
Synonyms
1. effort, strain, exertion, struggle.
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  • By dint of application, he began to make himself useful; he earned very little, but he hoped to become more skilful in time.

  • Excellence in art, as in everything else, can only be achieved by dint of painstaking labour.

    Self-Help Samuel Smiles
  • By dint of much teaching, however, she had learned to execute creditably.

    The Golden Butterfly Walter Besant
  • He amused them and made himself their idol by dint of alternate flattery and blame.

    His Masterpiece Emile Zola
  • By dint of much coaxing the King at last managed to persuade her to sit down, and the feast proceeded.

    The Sleeping Beauty C. S. Evans
British Dictionary definitions for dint

dint

/dɪnt/
noun
1.
by dint of, by means or use of: by dint of hard work
2.
(archaic) a blow or a mark made by a blow
verb
3.
(transitive) to mark with dints
noun, verb
4.
a variant of dent1
Derived Forms
dintless, adjective
Word Origin
Old English dynt; related to Old Norse dyttr blow
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Word Origin and History for dint
n.

Old English dynt "blow dealt in fighting" (especially by a sword), from Proto-Germanic *duntiz (cf. Old Norse dyntr "blow, kick"). Phrase by dint of ... "by force of, by means of," is early 14c.

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Idioms and Phrases with dint

dint

see: by dint of
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