ETYM Old Eng. dint, dent, dunt, a blow, as. dynt; akin to Icel. dyntr a dint, dynta to dint, and perh. to Latin fendere (in composition). Related to Dent, Defend.
Interchangeable with 'means' in the expression 'by dint of'.
1 archaic; Blow, stroke.
2. Force, power.
1. To make a dent in
2. To impress or drive in with force