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.

Origin of dint

before 900; Middle English; Old English dynt; cognate with Old Norse dyntr
Related formsdint·less, adjective

Synonyms for dint

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Related Words for dint

strength, force, power, energy, drive, dent, will, nick, indentation, effort

Examples from the Web for dint

Contemporary Examples of dint

Historical Examples of dint

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


    Samuel Smiles

  • He amused them and made himself their idol by dint of alternate flattery and blame.

    His Masterpiece

    Emile Zola

  • We shall enter it as conquerors, by dint of producing masterpieces.

    His Masterpiece

    Emile Zola

  • The price of it was three sous, but, by dint of bargaining, she got it for two.

  • This was run into the corner, and Tom o' Dint and fiddle were seated on top of it.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine

British Dictionary definitions for dint



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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