What does the word dint mean?

Usage examples for dint

  1. 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 by Padraic Colum
  2. 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 by Maurice LeBlanc