force; power: By dint of hard work she became head of the company.
a dent.
Archaic. a blow; stroke.
verb (used with object)
to make a dent or dents in.
to impress or drive in with force.

before 900; Middle English; Old English dynt; cognate with Old Norse dyntr

dintless, adjective

1. effort, strain, exertion, struggle.
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dint (dɪnt)
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
3.  (tr) to mark with dints
n, —vb
4.  a variant of dent
[Old English dynt; related to Old Norse dyttr blow]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. dynt "blow dealt in fighting" (especially by a sword), from P.Gmc. *duntiz. Phrase by dint of ... "by force of, by means of," is early 14c.
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see by dint of.

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Example sentences
On some accounts, it has simply addled their brains, destroying their powers of
  concentration forever by dint of distraction.
The authorities have kept the plates spinning by dint of an enormous effort and
  some unprecedented monetary measures.
His access to such elite circles was by dint of his manners, his intellect, and
  his uncanny ability to fit in.
There are examples of design that come to mean much to us by dint of being
  intelligent, elegant and appropriate.
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