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dint

Syllabification: dint
Pronunciation: /dint
 
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Definition of dint in English:

noun

1An impression or hollow in a surface: the soft dints at the top of a coconut
More example sentences
  • The hat, I think the style was called fedora, had a dark band and a dint in the top, which my father would sometimes correct with a chopping action of his right hand.
  • Remove dints and scratches and chips from cars; detail your car inside and out and respray the car, for $1000.
  • I'm not sure my massive century-old wardrobe can handle any more nicks and dints from ‘careful’ removalists.
2 archaic A blow or stroke, typically one made with a weapon in fighting.
2.1Force of attack; impact: I perceive you feel the dint of pity
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  • A goal between the teams and many opportunities fell to Carlow who failed to make any further dints in a very strong and tight Erins Own defence.
  • It has been proved in recent years that if the police focus resources on certain areas which are notorious for high levels of criminal activity a big dint can be made in the number of offences committed.
  • And we're talking a lot of meat: 20,000 animals a year before you make a dint on the population.

verb

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Mark (a surface) with impressions or hollows: (as adjective dinted) the metal was dull and dinted
More example sentences
  • Around the walls dinted filing cabinets were cluttered haphazardly.
  • She hit him as hard as she could but she could tell she hadn't even dinted his muscles of steal.
  • Its windows were broken and boarded up, the large steel doors dinted and nearly hanging from their hinges, and the walls were covered in a mix of grime, offensive graffiti, and a number of other things they couldn't even identify.

Origin

Old English dynt 'stroke with a weapon', reinforced in Middle English by the related Old Norse word dyntr; of unknown ultimate origin. Compare with dent.

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  • The phrase by dint of ‘by means of’ has violent origins. A dint was originally a stroke or blow with a weapon, and by dint of meant ‘by force of’, as in by dint of sword, an obsolete way of saying ‘by force of arms’.

Phrases

by dint of

1
By means of: he had gotten to where he was today by dint of sheer hard work
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  • Creative work is done not by dint of will power, by some kind of mental exertion; instead, and paradoxically, it comes with the least effort, out of the blue.
  • She reaches this position by dint of sheer competence.
  • But one day by dint of sheer chance and perverse good luck Vernon happened to be struck by a rather smashing train of thought.

Words that rhyme with dint

asquint, bint, clint, flint, glint, hint, imprint, lint, mint, misprint, print, quint, skint, splint, sprint, squint, stint, tint

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