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]. Tennyson.

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. Scott.

 

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Dint, v. 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.

 

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