Definitions for: Stint

[n] an individuals prescribed share of work; "her stint as a lifeguard exhausted her"
[n] smallest American sandpiper
[n] an unbroken period of time during which you do something; "there were stretches of boredom"; "he did a stretch in the federal penitentiary"
[v] supply sparingly, with a meager allowance
[v] scratch and scrimp

Webster (1913) Definition: Stint, n. (Zo["o]l.)
(a) Any one of several species of small sandpipers, as the
sanderling of Europe and America, the dunlin, the little
stint of India (Tringa minuta), etc. Called also
(b) A phalarope.

Stint, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Stinted; p. pr. & vb. n.
Stinting.] [OE. stinten, stenten, stunten, to cause to
cease, AS. styntan (in comp.) to blunt, dull, fr. stunt dull,
stupid; akin to Icel. stytta to shorten, stuttr short, dial,
Sw. stynta to shorten, stunt short. Cf. Stent, Stunt.]
1. To restrain within certain limits; to bound; to confine;
to restrain; to restrict to a scant allowance.

I shall not go about to extenuate the latitude of
the curse upon the earth, or stint it only to the
production of weeds. --Woodward.

She stints them in their meals. --Law.

2. To put an end to; to stop. [Obs.] --Shak.

3. To assign a certain (i. e., limited) task to (a person),
upon the performance of which one is excused from further
labor for the day or for a certain time; to stent.

4. To serve successfully; to get with foal; -- said of mares.

The majority of maiden mares will become stinted
while at work. --J. H. Walsh.

Stint, v. i.
To stop; to cease. [Archaic]

They can not stint till no thing be left. --Chaucer.

And stint thou too, I pray thee. --Shak.

The damsel stinted in her song. --Sir W.

Stint, n. [Also written stent. See Stint, v. t.]
1. Limit; bound; restraint; extent.

God has wrote upon no created thing the utmost stint
of his power. --South.

2. Quantity or task assigned; proportion allotted.

His old stint -- three thousand pounds a year.

Synonyms: Erolia minutilla, least sandpiper, scant, scrimp, skimp, stretch

See Also: chore, continuance, duration, Erolia, furnish, genus Erolia, job, provide, render, sandpiper, save, supply, task

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