Definition of dint in English:


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Pronunciation: /dɪnt


  • 1A dent or hollow in a surface: the soft dints at the top of a coconut
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    • 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.
    dent, indentation, depression, dip, dimple, cleft, hollow, crater, pit; notch, nick, chip, mark, cut, gouge, gash
  • 2 archaic A blow or stroke, typically one made with a weapon in fighting.
  • 2.1 [mass noun] Force 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.


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  • Mark (a surface) with dents or hollows: (as adjective dinted) the metal was dull and dinted
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    • 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.


by dint of

By means of: he had got 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.
by means of, by use of, by virtue of, on account of, as a result of, as a consequence of, owing to, by reason of, on grounds of, on the strength of, due to, thanks to, by, via


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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