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)
- The landing of a weapon; a blow or stroke.
- a. 1375, Gawain Poet, Sir Gawayn and þe Grene Knyȝt, lines 2110-2117, page 118r:
- Forþy I ſay þe, as ſoþe as ȝe in ſadel ſitte, / Com ȝe þere, ȝe be kylled, may þe knyȝt rede, / Trawe ȝe me þat trwely, þaȝ ȝe had twenty lyues / to ſpende. / He hatz wonyd here ful ȝore / On bent much baret bende / Aȝayn his dyntez ſore / Ȝe may not yow defende
- So I say to you, as sure as you sit in your saddle: / If you come there, you'll be killed if he wills, / trust me about that truely, like you had twenty lives / to spend. / He has lived here a long time; / when he pulls his bow, much conflict begins. / Against his powerful blows, / you won't be able to defend yourself.
- (by extension) Warfare, battle; the use of weaponry.
- The strike, landing or force of a tool or other item hitting something.
- The striking or noise of thunder; a thunderclap.
- (rare) A strike with one's limbs or body.
- (rare) An injury resulting from a weapon's impact.