[ dint ]
/ dɪnt /


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.

Nearby words

  1. dinosaur national monument,
  2. dinosaurian,
  3. dinosaurs,
  4. dinothere,
  5. dinotherium,
  6. dinucleotide,
  7. dinwiddie,
  8. dinwiddie, robert,
  9. dio cassius,
  10. dio chrysostom

Origin of dint

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

Related formsdint·less, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for dint


/ (dɪnt) /


by dint of by means or use ofby dint of hard work
archaic a blow or a mark made by a blow


(tr) to mark with dints

noun, verb

a variant of dent 1
Derived Formsdintless, adjective

Word Origin for dint

Old English dynt; related to Old Norse dyttr blow

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Word Origin and History for dint



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


see by dint of.

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