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  4  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Talent  \Tal"ent\,  n.  [F.,  fr  L.  talentum  a  talent  (in  sense  1), 
  Gr  ?  a  balance,  anything  weighed,  a  definite  weight,  a 
  talent;  akin  to  ?  to  bear,  endure,  ?,  L.  tolerare,  tollere, 
  to  lift  up  sustain,  endure.  See  {Thole},  v.  t.,  {Tolerate}.] 
  1.  Among  the  ancient  Greeks,  a  weight  and  a  denomination  of 
  money  equal  to  60  min[ae]  or  6,000  drachm[ae].  The  Attic 
  talent,  as  a  weight,  was  about  57  lbs.  avoirdupois;  as  a 
  denomination  of  silver  money,  its  value  was  [pounds]243 
  15s.  sterling,  or  about  $1,180. 
  Rowing  vessel  whose  burden  does  not  exceed  five 
  hundred  talents.  --Jowett 
  2.  Among  the  Hebrews,  a  weight  and  denomination  of  money.  For 
  silver  it  was  equivalent  to  3,000  shekels,  and  in  weight 
  was  equal  to  about  93?  lbs.  avoirdupois;  as  a  denomination 
  of  silver,  it  has  been  variously  estimated  at  from 
  [pounds]340  to  [pounds]396  sterling,  or  about  $1,645  to 
  $1,916.  For  gold  it  was  equal  to  10,000  gold  shekels. 
  3.  Inclination;  will  disposition;  desire.  [Obs.] 
  They  rather  counseled  you  to  your  talent  than  to 
  your  profit.  --Chaucer. 
  4.  Intellectual  ability,  natural  or  acquired;  mental 
  endowment  or  capacity;  skill  in  accomplishing;  a  special 
  gift,  particularly  in  business,  art,  or  the  like  faculty; 
  a  use  of  the  word  probably  originating  in  the  Scripture 
  parable  of  the  talents  (--Matt.  xxv.  14-30). 
  He  is  chiefly  to  be  considered  in  his  three 
  different  talents,  as  a  critic,  a  satirist,  and  a 
  writer  of  odes.  --Dryden. 
  His  talents,  his  accomplishments,  his  graceful 
  manners,  made  him  generally  popular.  --Macaulay. 
  Syn:  Ability;  faculty;  gift;  endowment.  See  {Genius}. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  natural  qualities  or  talents  [syn:  {endowment},  {gift},  {natural 
  2:  a  person  who  possesses  unusual  innate  ability  in  some  field 
  or  activity 
  From  U.S.  Gazetteer  (1990)  [gazetteer]: 
  Talent,  OR  (city,  FIPS  72500) 
  Location:  42.24013  N,  122.78096  W 
  Population  (1990):  3274  (1438  housing  units) 
  Area:  2.8  sq  km  (land),  0.0  sq  km  (water) 
  Zip  code(s):  97540 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
  of  silver  contained  3,000  shekels  (Ex.  38:25,  26),  and  was  equal 
  to  94  3/7  lbs.  avoirdupois.  The  Greek  talent,  however,  as  in  the 
  LXX.,  was  only  82  1/4  lbs.  It  was  in  the  form  of  a  circular 
  mass,  as  the  Hebrew  name  _kikkar_  denotes.  A  talent  of  gold  was 
  double  the  weight  of  a  talent  of  silver  (2  Sam.  12:30).  Parable 
  of  the  talents  (Matt.  18:24;  25:15). 

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