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Hint vs. Inkling

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Hintnoun

A clue.

‘I needed a hint to complete the crossword.’;

Inklingnoun

Usually preceded by forms of to give: a slight hint, implication, or suggestion given.

Hintnoun

A tacit suggestion that avoids a direct statement.

‘He gave me a hint that my breath smelt.’;

Inklingnoun

Often preceded by forms of to get or to have: an imprecise idea or slight knowledge of something; a suspicion.

Hintnoun

A small, barely detectable amount of.

‘There was a hint of irony in his voice.’; ‘I could taste a hint of lemon in the wine.’;

Inklingnoun

A desire, an inclination.

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Hintnoun

(computing) Information in a computer-based font that suggests how the outlines of the font's glyphs should be distorted in order to produce, at specific sizes, a visually appealing pixel-based rendering. Also known as hinting.

‘This font does not scale well; at small point sizes it has no hinting at all, and the hints that it has for the 10- and 12-point letter 'g' still need work.’;

Inklingnoun

A hint; an intimation.

‘The least inkling or glimpse of this island.’; ‘They had some inkling of secret messages.’;

Hintnoun

(obsolete) An opportunity; occasion; fit time.

Inklingnoun

a slight suggestion or vague understanding;

‘he had no inkling what was about to happen’;

Hintverb

(intransitive) To suggest tacitly without a direct statement; to provide a clue.

‘She hinted at the possibility of a recount of the votes.’;

Hintverb

(transitive) To bring to mind by a slight mention or remote allusion; to suggest in an indirect manner.

‘to hint a suspicion’;

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Hintverb

(transitive) To develop and add hints to a font.

‘The typographer worked all day on hinting her new font so it would look good on computer screens.’;

Hintverb

To bring to mind by a slight mention or remote allusion; to suggest in an indirect manner; as, to hint a suspicion.

‘Just hint a fault and hesitate dislike.’;

Hintverb

To make an indirect reference, suggestion, or allusion; to allude vaguely to something.

‘We whisper, and hint, and chuckle.’;

Hintnoun

A remote allusion; slight mention; intimation; insinuation; a suggestion or reminder, without a full declaration or explanation; also, an occasion or motive.

‘Our hint of woeIs common.’; ‘The hint malevolent, the look oblique.’;

Hintnoun

an indirect suggestion;

‘not a breath of scandal ever touched her’;

Hintnoun

a slight indication

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Hintnoun

a slight but appreciable addition;

‘this dish could use a touch of garlic’;

Hintnoun

a just detectable amount;

‘he speaks French with a trace of an accent’;

Hintnoun

an indication of potential opportunity;

‘he got a tip on the stock market’; ‘a good lead for a job’;

Hintverb

drop a hint; intimate by a hint

Hintnoun

a slight or indirect indication or suggestion

‘he has given no hint of his views’;

Hintnoun

a very small trace of something

‘Randall smiled with a hint of mockery’;

Hintnoun

a small piece of practical information or advice

‘handy hints on saving energy in your home’;

Hintverb

suggest or indicate something indirectly or covertly

‘he hinted that the sale might be delayed’; ‘the Minister hinted at a possible change of heart’;

Hintverb

be a slight or possible indication of

‘the restrained fronts of the terraced houses only hinted at the wealth within’;

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