din

Walk into the average school cafeteria at lunchtime, and you'll get a good sense of what a din is — loud, confused, continuous, generally unpleasant, and often potentially headache-inducing noise.

Who knew noise pollution was a problem in ancient times? Humans have been experiencing loud, sustained, annoying sounds for centuries, judging by the etymology of the word din. It traces its roots back to Old English dyne or dynn, which had the same meaning as din does today, only with a different pronunciation. Before that, it popped up in Old Norse as dynr and meant to "come rumbling down" — fitting, from the language that gave us Thor, the God of Thunder.

DEFINITIONS OF: din

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n a loud harsh or strident noise

Synonyms:
blare, blaring, cacophony, clamor
Type of:
noise
sound of any kind (especially unintelligible or dissonant sound)

n the act of making a noisy disturbance

Synonyms:
commotion, ruckus, ruction, rumpus, tumult
Types:
ado, bustle, flurry, fuss, hustle, stir
a rapid active commotion
Type of:
disturbance
the act of disturbing something or someone; setting something in motion

v make a resonant sound, like artillery

Synonyms:
boom
Type of:
go, sound
make a certain noise or sound

v instill (into a person) by constant repetition

“he dinned the lessons into his students”
Type of:
inculcate, infuse, instill
teach and impress by frequent repetitions or admonitions
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