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.


[with object]
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.

  • 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’.

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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