early 20th century: acronym from Deutsche Industrie-Norm 'German Industrial Standard' (as laid down by the Deutsches Institut für Normung 'German Institute for Standards').
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- A loud, unpleasant, and prolonged noise: the fans made an awful dinMore example sentences
- In the background I read that towards the end of its life as a chapel in the convict period, free settlers got very cross with the fact that the convicts were making an awful din from under their pews.
- In an instant, it was clear that the ward was an intolerably noisy place, flooded with a near-continuous din of screams, laughter, and loud vocalizations.
- Every England fan had a whooping, whistling counterpart so we shouted louder until the din was indescribable.
verb (dins, dinning, dinned)Back to top
- 1 [with object] (din something into) Make (someone) learn or remember something by constant repetition: the doctrine that has been dinned into all our headsMore example sentences
- It is dinned into him that the wife must always be subordinate to the husband.
- Only when the message that Labour isn't all that clever, after all, is dinned into the voters can National risk changing the subject to its own intentions.
- It was dinned into us that wasting water was sinful.
- 2 [no object] Make a loud, unpleasant, and prolonged noise: the sound dinning in my ears was the telephone ringingMore example sentences
blare, blast, clang, clatter, crash, clamor
- He opened the door and the noise dinned into the office.
- An amplified quacking noise dinned from the speakers, and the image of an imprinting experiment, with a duckling following a moving wooden decoy around in circles appeared on the screen.
Old English dyne, dynn (noun), dynian (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Old High German tuni (noun) and Old Norse dynr (noun), dynja 'come rumbling down'.