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Sep 28, 2015
This week’s theme
Short words

This week’s words
dint
moil
guff
weft
quaff

Life of Pi
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A.Word.A.Day
with Anu Garg

The tinier the point of the needle, the more easily it goes through. The thinner the blade of the sword, the more swiftly it cuts through. Often the same goes for words. A short, potent word helps convey an idea in just a few letters. This week we’ll feature a few single-syllable words, and in the spirit of the week’s theme, we’ll keep this paragraph short.

dint

PRONUNCIATION:
(dint)

MEANING:
noun: 1. Force, power. 2. A dent.
verb tr.: To make a dent or to drive in with force.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Old English dynt (blow). Earliest documented use: 897.

USAGE:
“Holding the [water] can with both my hands, I sharply brought it up against a hook. A good dint. I did it again. Another dint next to the first. By dint of dinting, I managed the trick. A pearl of water appeared.”
Yann Martel; Life of Pi; Knopf; 2001.

See more usage examples of dint in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
A man's life is interesting primarily when he has failed -- I well know. For it is a sign that he has tried to surpass himself. -Georges Clemenceau, statesman (28 Sep 1841-1929)

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