Main definitions of din in US English:

: din1DIN2

din1

nounPlural dins, Plural DINs

  • A loud, unpleasant, and prolonged noise.

    ‘the fans made an awful din’
    • ‘I just didn't want to add my voice to the din of noise that has filled the public square regarding this tragic woman's fate.’
    • ‘In the background I read that towards the end of its life as a chapel in the convict period, free settlers got very cross with the fact that the convicts were making an awful din from under their pews.’
    • ‘‘Go away, I'm busy’ he yelled above the din of the sewing machine.’
    • ‘‘I want to come back when it's a bit quieter,’ I shouted over the din of amplified music, throbbing diesel generators and rattling joy rides.’
    • ‘A couple of days of silence make the din seem so much louder.’
    • ‘The next moment his loud shout rose over the din of battle, and swinging his hat over his head for a banner to those who pressed after, he spurred against the flying enemy.’
    • ‘It has something to do with the book reviewing climate and the endless din buzzing around readers and publishers alike.’
    • ‘Although its cries were becoming increasingly desperate as the din of barking and shouting intensified, the thought of trying to help never entered my mind.’
    • ‘I would have liked to converse with her a little further about the food sources, but the ear-deafening din meant that barking our orders to her was about all we could do.’
    • ‘In an instant, it was clear that the ward was an intolerably noisy place, flooded with a near-continuous din of screams, laughter, and loud vocalizations.’
    • ‘If you listen closely enough, you should be able to make out the angry words above the din: a cacophony of female voices raised to the rafters with one common message for their menfolk.’
    • ‘Finding it difficult to handle them at home, many owners go in search of kennels where they are safely housed from the din and noise.’
    • ‘Animals added their noises to the din, poultry screeching and draft animals lowing as they were displayed and examined.’
    • ‘The merry din of talk, laughter, music, and clattering dinnerware spills outside.’
    • ‘Every England fan had a whooping, whistling counterpart so we shouted louder until the din was indescribable.’
    • ‘The plant is noisy, and she and her co-workers pass the time by shouting over the din, catching up on gossip and talking about food and cosmetics.’
    • ‘The people were inside and the radio was turned up loud to drown out the din of the men yelling and laughing as they drank coffee and beer.’
    • ‘While attending the lectures, the din of clashes outside the campus was audible.’
    • ‘People shout to be heard over the din, loud mufflerless trucks rumble by on the street, dogs bark, a mysterious polytonal chittering in the background sounds like a great horde of rats.’
    • ‘‘Hello darling,’ said Lewis on the other end above a loud din in the background.’
    uproar, racket, loud noise, confused noise, commotion, cacophony, babel, hubbub, tumult, fracas, clangour, crash, clatter, clash
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verbdinned, dins, dinning

  • 1din something intowith object Make (someone) learn or remember something by constant repetition.

    ‘the doctrine that has been dinned into all our heads’
    • ‘A local teacher dinned into us some other principles of the game.’
    • ‘I'm beginning to see that I'm really a clever woman in my own line, and not the ‘uneducated’ woman that I've had dinned into me.’
    • ‘Neither does the narrative din it into the viewer.’
    • ‘With the memory of all the talk against the man that had been dinned into her ears, I looked at her narrowly.’
    • ‘We, meanwhile, struggle to din some culture into our own young people whose aspirations have been hijacked by the consumerism of big corporations.’
    • ‘I have noticed that a high proportion of men do not trouble to wash their hands after using public toilets - possibly partly due to hand-washing not having been dinned into them during childhood and partly due to a macho outlook.’
    • ‘Day after day he had to din it into her that persistent work, and not ability alone, was essential for success.’
    • ‘The arguments for genetically modified organisms that have been dinned into us for 15 years are based on an almost sublime misreading of the world's food problems.’
    • ‘Only when the message that Labour isn't all that clever, after all, is dinned into the voters can National risk changing the subject to its own intentions.’
    • ‘It was dinned into us that wasting water was sinful.’
    • ‘I would not even ask him for charity, or have it dinned into his ears that it is his duty to help the poor.’
    • ‘It is dinned into him that the wife must always be subordinate to the husband.’
    • ‘None of us even thought of looking strangely at him, dinning third-year Circuit Theory into our heads.’
    • ‘So far, they have not been dinned into us in pubs but the time is nigh.’
    instil, drive, drum, hammer, drill, implant, ingrain, inculcate
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  • 2no object Make a loud, unpleasant, and prolonged noise.

    ‘the sound dinning in my ears was the telephone ringing’
    • ‘He opened the door and the noise dinned into the office.’
    • ‘An amplified quacking noise dinned from the speakers, and the image of an imprinting experiment, with a duckling following a moving wooden decoy around in circles appeared on the screen.’
    blare, blast, clang, clatter, crash, clamour
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Origin

Old English dyne, dynn (noun), dynian (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Old High German tuni (noun) and Old Norse dynr (noun), dynja ‘come rumbling down’.

Pronunciation

din

/din//dɪn/

Main definitions of din in US English:

: din1DIN2

DIN2

nounPlural dins, Plural DINs

  • Any of a series of technical standards originating in Germany and used internationally, especially to designate electrical connections, film speeds, and paper sizes.

    as modifier ‘a DIN socket’

Origin

Early 20th century: acronym from Deutsche Industrie-Norm ‘German Industrial Standard’ (as laid down by the Deutsches Institut für Normung ‘German Institute for Standards’).

Pronunciation

DIN

/din//dɪn/