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NOUN (1)

1. interchangeable with `means' in the expression `by means of';


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Dint \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. [1913 Webster] 2. The mark left by a blow; an indentation or impression made by violence; a dent. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] Every dint a sword had beaten in it [the shield]. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster] 3. Force; power; -- esp. in the phrase by dint of. [1913 Webster] Now you weep; and, I perceive, you feel The dint of pity. --Shak. [1913 Webster] It was by dint of passing strength That he moved the massy stone at length. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Dint \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. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

dint n 1: interchangeable with `means' in the expression `by means of'
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

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