Part of speech: verb

To make a dent or dint in.

Part of speech: noun

A dent.

Part of speech: noun

Active agency; efficacy; as, by dint of hard work.

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Usage examples "dint":

  1. By dint of stumbling over the syllables and keeping their bewildered eyes on the particular syllables coming round to their turn, they were as absolutely ignorant of the sublime history as if they had never seen or heard of it. - "Dickens As an Educator", James L. (James Laughlin) Hughes.
  2. He and the Red Champion saluted each other and then they fought together trampling over the beach, making the soft places hard and the hard places soft with the dint of their trampling. - "The Boy Who Knew What The Birds Said", Padraic Colum.
  3. The Marquis d'Albufex had been very deeply involved in the business of the canal, so deeply that Prince Napoleon was obliged to remove him from the management of his political campaign in France; and he kept up his very extravagant style of living only by dint of constant loans and makeshifts. - "The Crystal Stopper", Maurice LeBlanc.