Etymology
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dint (n.)

Old English dynt "blow dealt in fighting" (especially by a sword), from Proto-Germanic *duntiz (source also of Old Norse dyntr "blow, kick"), a word well represented only in Germanic and of disputed etymology. Phrase by dint of "by force of, by means of," is early 14c.

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Definitions of dint

dint (n.)
interchangeable with `means' in the expression `by means of';
From wordnet.princeton.edu