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Meaning of DINT

Pronunciation:  dint

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  interchangeable with `means' in the expression `by dint of'

DINT is a 4 letter word that starts with D.


 See Also: agency, means, way



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Dint\, n. [OE. dint, dent, dunt, a blow, AS. dynt; akin to
    Icel. dyntr a dint, dynta to dint, and perh. to L. fendere
    (in composition). Cf. 1st {Dent}, {Defend}.]
    1. A blow; a stroke. [Obs.] ``Mortal dint.'' --Milton. ``Like
       thunder's dint.'' --Fairfax.
    2. The mark left by a blow; an indentation or impression made
       by violence; a dent. --Dryden.
             Every dint a sword had beaten in it [the shield].
    3. Force; power; -- esp. in the phrase by dint of.
             Now you weep; and, I perceive, you feel The dint of
             pity.                                 --Shak.
             It was by dint of passing strength That he moved the
             massy stone at length.                --Sir W.
  2. \Dint\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Dinted}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    To make a mark or cavity on or in, by a blow or by pressure;
    to dent. --Donne. Tennyson.
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