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 for talent
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Talent \Tal"ent\ (t[a^]l"ent), n. [F., fr. L. talentum a talent
     (in sense 1), Gr. ta`lanton a balance, anything weighed, a
     definite weight, a talent; akin to tlh^nai to bear, endure,
     tolma^n, 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 minae or 6,000 drachmae. 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 (using 1900 values).
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              Rowing vessel whose burden does not exceed five
              hundred talents.                      --Jowett
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     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 933/4 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 (ca. 1900). For gold it was equal to 10,000 gold
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     3. Inclination; will; disposition; desire. [Obs.]
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              They rather counseled you to your talent than to
              your profit.                          --Chaucer.
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     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).
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              He is chiefly to be considered in his three
              different talents, as a critic, a satirist, and a
              writer of odes.                       --Dryden.
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              His talents, his accomplishments, his graceful
              manners, made him generally popular.  --Macaulay.
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     Syn: Ability; faculty; gift; endowment. See Genius.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: natural abilities or qualities [syn: endowment, gift,
           talent, natural endowment]
      2: a person who possesses unusual innate ability in some field
         or activity

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  123 Moby Thesaurus words for "talent":
     Geist, Muse, ability, ableness, acuity, acuteness, adequacy,
     adroitness, afflatus, aptitude, aptness, art, artistic skill,
     artistry, arty-craftiness, bent, braininess, brightness,
     brilliance, bump, caliber, capability, capableness, capacity,
     child prodigy, clear thinking, cleverness, competence, craft,
     creative thought, creativity, daemon, daimonion, demon, dexterity,
     divine afflatus, dower, dowry, efficacy, efficiency, endowment,
     equipment, esprit, expertise, facility, faculty, fire of genius,
     fitness, flair, forte, genius, gift, gifted child, gifted person,
     giftedness, gifts, inclination, ingenuity, inspiration, instinct,
     intellectual genius, intellectual prodigy, keen-wittedness,
     keenness, knack, long suit, makings, man of parts,
     mental alertness, mental genius, mental giant, mercurial mind,
     metier, native cleverness, natural, natural endowment,
     natural gift, nimble mind, nimble-wittedness, nimbleness, nose,
     nous, parts, penchant, potential, power, powers, predilection,
     predisposition, proclivity, prodigy, proficiency, propensity,
     qualification, quick parts, quick thinking, quick wit,
     quick-wittedness, quickness, ready wit, savvy, set,
     sharp-wittedness, sharpness, skill, smartness, smarts, soul,
     speciality, spirit, sprightly wit, strength, strong flair,
     strong point, sufficiency, susceptibility, talents, tendency,
     the goods, the stuff, turn, virtu, what it takes

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary :

     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).

From U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000) :

  Talent, OR -- U.S. city in Oregon
     Population (2000):    5589
     Housing Units (2000): 2420
     Land area (2000):     1.260615 sq. miles (3.264977 sq. km)
     Water area (2000):    0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
     Total area (2000):    1.260615 sq. miles (3.264977 sq. km)
     FIPS code:            72500
     Located within:       Oregon (OR), FIPS 41
     Location:             42.239985 N, 122.782100 W
     ZIP Codes (1990):     97540
     Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
      Talent, OR

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