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Webster 1913 Edition


Dint

Dint

,
Noun.
[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].
Tennyson.
3.
Force; power; – esp. in the phrase by dint of.
Now you weep; and, I perceive, you feel
The
dint
of pity.
Shakespeare
It was by
dint
of passing strength
That he moved the massy stone at length.
Sir W. Scott.

Dint

,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Dinted
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Dinting
.]
To make a mark or cavity on or in, by a blow or by pressure; to dent.
Donne. Tennyson.

Webster 1828 Edition


Dint

DINT

,
Noun.
1.
A blow; a stroke.
2.
Force; violence; power exerted; as, to win by dint of arms, by dint of war, by dint of argument or importunity.
3.
The mark made by a blow; a cavity or impression made by a blow or by pressure on a substance; often pronounced dent.
His hands had made a dint.

DINT

,
Verb.
T.
To make a mark or cavity on a substance by a blow or by pressure. [See Indent.]

Definition 2021


dint

dint

See also: di'n't

English

Alternative forms

Noun

dint (countable and uncountable, plural dints)

  1. (obsolete) A blow, stroke, especially dealt in a fight.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, I.i:
      Much daunted with that dint, her sence was dazd [].
    • 1600, Edward Fairfax, The Jerusalem Delivered of Tasso, XI, xxxi:
      Between them cross-bows stood, and engines wrought / To cast a stone, a quarry, or a dart, // From whence, like thunder's dint, or lightnings new, / Against the bulwarks stones and lances flew.
  2. Force, power; especially in by dint of.
    • William Shakespeare (c.1564–1616)
      Now you weep; and, I perceive, you feel / The dint of pity.
    • Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832)
      It was by dint of passing strength / That he moved the massy stone at length.
  3. The mark left by a blow; an indentation or impression made by violence; a dent.
    • Alfred Tennyson (1809-1892)
      every dint a sword had beaten in it [the shield]
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Dryden to this entry?)
Derived terms
Translations

Verb

dint (third-person singular simple present dints, present participle dinting, simple past and past participle dinted)

  1. To dent
    • 1915, Jeffery Farnol, Beltane The Smith:
      And, in that moment came one, fierce and wild of aspect, in dinted casque and rusty mail who stood and watched--ah God!
    • 1854, W. Harrison Ainsworth, The Star-Chamber, Volume 2:
      Your helmet was dinted in as if by a great shot.

Etymology 2

Contraction

dint

  1. Eye dialect spelling of didn’t.

Anagrams


Friulian

Etymology

From Latin dēns, dentem. Compare Italian dente, Romansch dent, Venetian dénte, Romanian dinte, French dent, Spanish diente.

Noun

dint m (plural dinčh)

  1. tooth

Derived terms

  • dintidure

Middle English

Noun

dint (plural dints)

  1. dent
  2. blow, stroke
    • Sir Gawain and the Green Knight,
      Ayein his dyntez sore ye may not yow defende.

Walloon

Etymology

From Old French dent, from Latin dēns, dentem.

Noun

dint f

  1. (anatomy) tooth