dintless

dint

[dint]
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:
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)
 
n
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
 
vb
3.  (tr) to mark with dints
 
n, —vb
4.  a variant of dent
 
[Old English dynt; related to Old Norse dyttr blow]
 
'dintless
 
adj

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dint
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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