dint

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]