From 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 Proto-Indo-European *dʰen- (“to strike, hit”). Cognate with Swedish dialectal dunt, Icelandic dyntr (“a dint”). More at dent.
- (obsolete) A blow, stroke, especially dealt in a fight.
- Force, power; especially in by dint of.
- 1599, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Ivlivs Cæsar”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act III, scene ii]:
- O, now you weep; and, I perceive, you feel / The dint of pity
- 1805, Sir Walter Scott, The Lay of the Last Minstrel, XVIII:
- It was by dint of passing strength / That he moved the massy stone at length.
- The mark left by a blow; an indentation or impression made by violence; a dent.
- 1860, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, “Lancelot and Elaine”, in Idylls of the King:
- and read the naked shield, […] Of every dint a sword had beaten in it, / And every scratch a lance had made upon it
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Dryden to this entry?)
- To dent
dint m (plural dinčh)
dint (plural dints)