talent

Definitions

  • The 200th Ind. Was Not Without Talent in Foraging 169
    The 200th Ind. Was Not Without Talent in Foraging 169
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n talent natural abilities or qualities
    • n talent a person who possesses unusual innate ability in some field or activity
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THE PARABLE OF THE TALENTS THE PARABLE OF THE TALENTS

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Rabbits have been the emblem of fertility because of its well-known talents for multiplying.
    • Talent Among the ancient Greeks, a weight and a denomination of money equal to 60 minæ or 6,000 drachmæ. The Attic talent, as a weight, was about 57 lbs. avoirdupois; as a denomination of silver money, its value was £243 15s. sterling, or about $1,180. "Rowing vessel whose burden does not exceed five hundred talents ."
    • Talent 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 £340 to £396 sterling, or about $1,645 to $1,916. For gold it was equal to 10,000 gold shekels.
    • Talent Inclination; will; disposition; desire. "They rather counseled you to your talent than to your profit."
    • Talent 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.""His talents , his accomplishments, his graceful manners, made him generally popular."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Before he became famous for his TV comedy work, the late Phil Hartman worked as a talented and respected graphic designer. In fact, he was the designer of the logo for Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young.
    • talent To ondow with talents.
    • n talent An ancient denomination of weight, originally Babylonian (though the name is Greek), and varying widely in value among different peoples and at different times. All the Assyrian weights had two values, the heavy being double the light, and there were also various types of each. The royal Babylonian commercial talent (or Assyrian talent) was divided into 60 minas, and each mina into 60 shekels. Its value (light weight) was in one type 29.63 kilograms (65 pounds 5 ounces avoirdupois), and in another 30.10 kilograms (66 pounds 5½ ounces). Derivatives of this talent (which was equivalent to 3,000 shekels) were in use in Syria and Palestine and in Phenician colonies. Its money value is reckoned as approximately from $1,700 to $2,000. The Babylonian gold talent contained only 50 minas, and was thus five sixths of the commercial weight. The Babylonian silver talent was formed by multiplying the commercial talent by 13⅓ (the ratio of silver to an equivalent mass of gold), and afterward dividing by 10. The resulting light talent was sometimes again divided by 2. Derivatives of this talent were in use in Persia, Lydia, Macedonia, and Italy. It is the basis of much of the most ancient silver coinage. The Phenician silver talent, probably derived from the Babylonian, was in its lighter types about 43.4 kilograms (95 pounds 9 ounces avoirdupois), and, being halved, was adopted into the Ptolemaic system. The chief Greek talents were as follows: Old Æginetan, 40.3 kilograms (88 pounds 12 ounces); emporetic Attic (substantially later Æginetan), 36.4 kilograms (80 pounds 4 ounces); Solonic (= Egyptian), 25.8 kilograms (56 pounds 14 ounces). Talents mentioned by Homer and some other of the oldest writers appear to be small weights, perhaps shekels. The later Attic talent contained 60 minas, or 6,000 Attic drachmas, equal to 56 pounds 14 ounces. As a denomination of silver money it was equal to about $1,000. The great talent of the Romans is computed to be equal to £99 6s. 8d. sterling, or about $480, and the little talent to £75 sterling, or about $363.
    • n talent Money; wealth; property in general.
    • n talent Hence, a wealth; an abundance (as in the phrase ‘a wealth of golden hair’); or, perhaps, gold (i. e. ‘golden tresses’).
    • n talent A gift committed to one for use and improvement: so called in allusion to the parable of the talents (Mat. xxv.); hence, a peculiar faculty, endowment, or aptitude; a capacity for achievement or success.
    • n talent Mental power of a superior order; superior intelligence; special aptitude; abilities; parts: often noting power or skill acquired by cultivation, and thus contrasted with genius. See genius, 5.
    • n talent Hence, persons of ability collectively: as, all the talent of the country is enlisted in the cause.
    • n talent A distinctive feature, quality, habit, or the like; a characteristic.
    • n talent Disposition; inclination; will; desire.
    • n talent Synonyms Abilities, Gifts, Parts, etc. See genius.
    • n talent An obsolete or dialectal variant of talon.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Talent tal′ent an ancient weight or denomination of money—in the Attic system of money (N.T.), 100 drachmæ made a mnâ (pound, Luke xix. 13), and 6000 made a talent; this talent weighed 57 lb. avoirdupois, and in value may be put roughly at about £213-£235, the mnâ at about £4: faculty: any natural or special gift: special aptitude: eminent ability: abundance
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Quotations

  • Norma Shearer
    Norma Shearer
    “An actress must never lose her ego -- without it she has no talent.”
  • Paul Hawken
    Paul Hawken
    “The luck of having talent is not enough; one must also have a talent for luck.”
  • Leo Buscaglia
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    “Your talent is God's gift to you; what you do with it is your gift to God.”
  • Iron Eagle
    Iron Eagle
    “God doesn't give people talents that he doesn't want people to use.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “Every man has his own vocation, talent is the call.”
  • Owen Meredith
    Owen Meredith
    “Genius does what it must, and Talent does what it can.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. L. talentum, a talent (in sense 1), Gr. talanton a balance, anything weighed, a definite weight, a talent; akin to tlh^nai to bear, endure, tolna^n, L. tolerare, tollere, to lift up, sustain, endure. See Thole (v. t.) Tolerate
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. talentum—Gr. talanton, a weight, a talent, from a root meaning to lift, as in tlēnai, to bear; akin to L. tollĕre, Ger. dulden, Scot. thole.

Usage

In literature:

If we could get a young man of true literary talent to see life and write of it as he went along, what might we not secure?
"A Black Adonis" by Linn Boyd Porter
The talents of these two men are parallel lines, it is true, but they do not touch each other.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
No, but very great talent.
"Woman on Her Own, False Gods & The Red Robe" by Eugène Brieux
Has this pigmy of the family the same talents as the giant, the ravager of the oak-tree?
"The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles" by Jean Henri Fabre
It is not a question of ability upon the part of the teacher or talent upon the part of the pupil.
"Great Pianists on Piano Playing" by James Francis Cooke
You mustn't waste your talent.
"Blake's Burden" by Harold Bindloss
If you had talents, you could use them, but it wasn't like that with me.
"Partners of the Out-Trail" by Harold Bindloss
His talents were by no means confined to his wonderful powers as a musician.
"The International Monthly, Volume 3, No. 2, May, 1851" by Various
It is a danger of talented modern young men, isn't it.
"Tante" by Anne Douglas Sedgwick
He lacks the force of his talented mother.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
That was the word, he told himself: talented.
"Occasion for Disaster" by Gordon Randall Garrett
Mrs. Houtain's poem shows great but as yet undeveloped talent.
"Writings in the United Amateur, 1915-1922" by Howard Phillips Lovecraft
This talent of yours has come from where all else comes.
"Ivory Apes and Peacocks" by James Huneker
We are accountable for the talents which we have, not for what we have not.
"In the School-Room" by John S. Hart
The right of any woman to do any work for which, by her natural organization and talent, she is peculiarly adapted.
"Household Papers and Stories" by Harriet Beecher Stowe
If Camilla was so exceedingly anxious to play she must have some latent talent.
"Camilla: A Tale of a Violin" by Charles Barnard
The talents of Lord Mansfield can be estimated at best no higher than those of a sophist.
"The Writings Of Thomas Paine, Complete" by Thomas Paine
Curchod were embellished by the virtues and talents of her mind.
"Lives of Celebrated Women" by Samuel Griswold Goodrich
I wish I were gifted with artistic talent.
"On the Heights" by Berthold Auerbach
When you constantly hear the talent or the wit of a woman praised, you may take it for granted that she is not beautiful.
"Rambles in Womanland" by Max O'Rell
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In poetry:

Better to have no talent,
No excellence to give,
Than permit vice to destroy
The talent we may have.
"Many" by Jared Barhite
Yes, I say well—said words are cheap!
For action man was born!
What praise will my one talent reap?
What grapes are on my thorn?
"The Disciple" by George MacDonald
His virtues walk'd their narrow round,
Nor made a pause, nor left a void;
And sure the Eternal Master found
The single talent well employ'd.
"On the Death of Dr. Robert Levet" by Samuel Johnson
Such is the purpose, such the plan
For which our talents here were given;
For God created man for man;—
And earth would be as blest as heaven.
"The Greatest of all is Charity" by John Bowring
Rich lands and talents are thy dower,
But fallow lie thy wealth and power.
Thou must the North in concord bind,
Or never shalt thy true self find.
"During A Journey In Sweden" by Bjornstjerne Bjornson
To every season its proper act of joy,
To every age its natural mode of grace,
Each vision its hour, each talent we employ
Its destined time and place.
"Ode On The Death Of Pius The Twelfth" by A D Hope

In news:

Former Indian Valley baseball star Morgan Barger is a talented ball player.
AN HOUR AGO The Cimorelli sisters are a talented bunch.
Riverside North High's Marcus Baugh is a sizable talent.
Andy Williams' TV career showcased talent of the '60s.
After seeing this video, we can now add the title of "actor" to Justin Bieber's long list of talents.
She's a talented actress, author, dancer, keynote speaker and artist.
That's just to name a few of her talents.
That non-cash investment began with hiring new college graduates to help keep talent in Nebraska.
LSU has bevy of running back talent.
The Lovely and Talented Reese Witherspoon.
Upright Citizens Brigade incubates top talent and the accompanying laughter.
Opie Gone Bad's holiday CD chock-full of Colorado talent.
Retired arts educator has hand in developing young talent.
49ers' chorus line of talent has great performance.
Back in May we featured an 8-year-old boy here on The Feed with a real talent on the banjo.
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In science:

Suppose that we rate mathematicians on the basis of pure talent on a scale from 0 to 100.
And free lunch for all...
HLB acknowledges a Talent fellowship from the NWO.
Slowing heavy, ground-state molecules using an alternating gradient decelerator
A key purpose of the topical group is to tell people about gravitational physics, get them interested in it, and encourage fresh talent to enter the field.
Matters of Gravity, the newsletter of the Topical Group in Gravitation of the American Physical Society
I know quite certainly that I myself have no special talent.
`Iconoclastic', Categorical Quantum Gravity
In fact, to give an instantaneous response to any new experimental data is a talent and a step towards the truth.
Thermo- and gas-dynamical processes in NPPs after accidents
Recognition of the tremendous contributions of talent and time from many individuals begins with the members of the Local Organizing Committee.
Overview and Charge -- Snowmass Workshop 2005
Individuals choose whether to participate, and the groups define how they will best use their time and talents at Snowmass to achieve their goals.
Overview and Charge -- Snowmass Workshop 2005
Undergraduates are the wellspring of the pipeline, and the tools and talent exist within the nuclear science community to make a difference by attacking the problem at this pressure point.
Phases of QCD: Summary of the Rutgers Long Range Plan Town Meeting
Supported by NSF grants 10471091, 10671027 of China, “One Hundred Talents Program” from University of Science and Technology of China.
2-Cocycles of Deformative Schr\"{o}dinger-Virasoro Algebras
Review scores and past performance are in this case negatively related to funding; (cid:131) This suggests that equally good applications are currently not funded, and may be considered as a loss of talent. Differences between MaGW programs? (cid:131) Differences were found between MAGW programs.
Past Performance as Predictor of Successful Grant Applications: A Case Study
For these reasons, we would like to conclude this review encouraging especially the young, ambitious and talented researchers to join this field.
SU(N) gauge theories at large N
The efforts to create Theory of Everything including Quantum Gravity have attracted the lion share of attention and young talent.
Summary of the Workshop ``the QCD Phase Transitions'' Brookhaven National Laboratory, November 4-7 1998
In order not to lose your talent you must have it, but far more importantly, you must have a chance to set it free.
Schrodinger's cat and the problem of two cultures
Should the phase δ equal 3π/2, we will have a sign which is opposite to two-culturalism and then the person in question is not merely a lost talent.
Schrodinger's cat and the problem of two cultures
When a person is able to set the parameters of δ and Ω to their extreme values he possesses a many-sided and well manifesting itself talent.
Schrodinger's cat and the problem of two cultures
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