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dint

Definition:

how a result is obtained or an end is achieved

Class:

act noun (acts and actions)

Usage:

in the expression "by dint of"

Plural:

dints

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

agency | means | way

Etymology:

Middle English dint, dent, dünt, from Old English dynt ("dint, blow, strike,...
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Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

dint | by dint of [sense-specific] | dent [entry-specific, sense-specific] | dintless [adjective, derived]

See "by dint of" | [archaic] a blow or a mark made by a blow | [transitive] to mark with dints | a variant of "dent" [entry-specific] (24 of 536 words, 4 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/dint

Merriam-Webster:

dint [entry 1, noun] | by dint of | force [synonym, sense-specific] | dent [entry 2, synonym, sense-specific] | because of [synonym, sense-specific] | blow [synonym, sense-specific] | stroke [synonym, sense-specific] | power [synonym, sense-specific] | cavity [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

[archaic] "blow", "stroke" | "force", "power" | "dent" [entry 2] | "by dint of": by force of; "because of" (16 of 148 words, 4 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/dint

dint [entry 2, verb]

to make a dent in | to impress or drive in with force (12 of 26 words, 2 definitions)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/dint show=1

Oxford Dictionary:

dint | by dint of | impact [synonym, sense-specific]

a dent or hollow in a surface | [archaic] : a blow or stroke, typically one made with a weapon in fighting. | force of attack; impact | mark (a ... (27 of 129 words, 5 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/dint

Wiktionary:

dint | dinted [past tense] | dinting [present participle] | dints [3rd-person singular present] | dunt [sense-specific]

[obsolete] A blow, stroke, especially dealt in a fight. | Force, power; especially in by dint of. | A dent. | To dent (20 of 49 words, 4 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/dint

Macmillan British Dictionary:

dint [countable] | dints [plural] | by dint of something

a dent in a surface | "by dint of something": [formal] by means of something (14 of 43 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/dint

Random House Dictionary:

dint

force; power. | a dent. | [archaic] a blow; stroke. | to make a dent or dents in. | to impress or drive in with force. (22 of 43 words, 5 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/dint

American Heritage Dictionary:

dint | dinted [past tense] | dinting [present participle] | dints [3rd-person singular present]

Force or effort; power | A dent. | To put a dent in. | To impress or drive in forcibly. (17 of 37 words, 4 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/dint

New World Dictionary:

dint | by dint of [now chiefly in, sense-specific]

force; exertion | a dent | [archaic] a blow | to dent | to drive in with force (14 of 34 words, 5 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/dint

Cambridge Dictionary:

dint [entry 1, formal] | by dint of something

as a result of something (5 of 28 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/dint 1

dint [entry 2]

a small hollow mark in the surface of something, caused by pressure or by being hit (16 of 24 words, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/dint 2

Wikipedia:

Means [disambiguation]

may refer to: Means (surname) | Mean (average), a term used in mathematics and statistics | Means (ethics), something of instrumental value in order to achieve an end | Means (law), an aspect of a crime needed to convince a jury of guilt in a criminal ... (43 of 119 words, 7 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Means

Britannica Encyclopedia:

agency [law]

in law, the relationship that exists when one person or party engages another to act for him--e.g., to do his work, to sell his goods, to manage his ... (29 of 1005 words, 1 image)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/8976​/agency

Encarta Dictionary:

dint | dints [plural] | dinted [past tense] | dinting [present participle]

Same as dentn (sense 1) (sense 2) (sense 3) (sense 4) | Same as dentv (sense 1) (sense 2) | to drive something in forcefully (23 of 78 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861604797​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Wiktionary:

dint | dinted [past tense] | dinting [present participle] | dints [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English dint, dent, dünt, from Old English dynt ("dint, blow, strike, stroke, bruise, stripe; the mark left by a blow; the sound or noise made by a blow, thud"), from Proto-Germanic *duntiz ("a blow"), from ... (36 of 53 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/dint

Online Etymology:

dint

Origin: Old English dynt "blow dealt in fighting" (especially by a sword), from Proto-Germanic *duntiz (compare Old Norse dyntr "blow, ... (19 of 35 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=dint

Oxford Dictionary:

dint

Origin: Old English dynt "stroke with a weapon", reinforced in Middle English by the related Old Norse word dyntr; of unknown ultimate origin. ... (22 of 25 etymology words)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/dint

New World Dictionary:

dint

Origin: Middle English from Old English dynt from Indo-European base *dhen-, to strike derives "ding"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/dint

Collins Dictionary:

dint

Origin: Old English dynt; related to Old Norse dyttr blow

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/dint

American Heritage Dictionary:

dint | dinted [past tense] | dinting [present participle] | dints [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English; see "dent" [entry 1].

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/dint

Merriam-Webster:

dint [entry 1, noun]

First use: before 12th century

Origin: Middle English, from Old English dynt; akin to Old Norse dyntr noise

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/dint

Encarta Dictionary:

dint | dints [plural] | dinted [past tense] | dinting [present participle]

Origin: Old English dynt "blow, stroke (especially of a weapon)" from Germanic

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861604797​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

dint | dinted [past tense] | dinting [present participle] | dints [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "dint"

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/dint

Collins Dictionary:

dint

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "dint"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/dint

Macmillan British Dictionary:

dint [countable] | dints [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "dint"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/dint

Macmillan American Dictionary:

dint [countable] | dints [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "dint"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/dint

Cambridge Dictionary:

dint [entry 1, formal]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "dint"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "dint"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/dint 1

the Free Dictionary:

dint

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "dint"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "dint"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "dint" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

dint | dints [plural] | dinted [past tense] | dinting [present participle]

Audio: English pronunciation of "dint"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

dint

Audio: North American pronunciation of "dint"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=dint​0001 word=dint

YourDictionary Audio:

dint

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "dint" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/dint

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