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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
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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British Dictionary definitions for dintless

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 dintless

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 dintless

dint

see: by dint of
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