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 £340 to £396 sterling, or about $1,645 to $1,916. For gold it was equal to 10,000 gold
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.
(Tal"ent*ed), a. Furnished with talents; possessing skill or talent; mentally gifted. Abp. Abbot
This word has been strongly objected to by Coleridge and some other critics, but, as it would seem,
upon not very good grounds, as the use of talent or talents to signify mental ability, although at first
merely metaphorical, is now fully established, and talented, as a formative, is just as analogical and
legitimate as gifted, bigoted, moneyed, landed, lilied, honeyed, and numerous other adjectives having
a participal form, but derived directly from nouns and not from verbs.
Tales book, a book containing the names of such as are admitted of the tales. Blount. Craig.
||Tales de circumstantibus [L.], such, or the like, from those standing about.
(||Ta"les) n. [L., pl. of talis such ] (Law) (a) pl. Persons added to a jury, commonly from those
in or about the courthouse, to make up any deficiency in the number of jurors regularly summoned,
being like, or such as, the latter. Blount. Blackstone. (b) syntactically sing. The writ by which such
persons are summoned.
(Tales"man) n.; pl. Talesmen (Law) A person called to make up a deficiency in the number
of jurors when a tales is awarded. Wharton.
(Tale"tell`er) n. One who tells tales or stories, especially in a mischievous or officious manner; a
talebearer; a telltale; a tattler.
(Tale"wise`) adv. In a way of a tale or story.
(Tal"ia*co`tian) a. See Tagliacotian.
(Tal`i*a"tion) n. Retaliation. [Obs.]
Just heav'n this taliation did decree.Beaumont.
(Ta"li*on) n. [F., fr. L. talio, perh. fr. talis such. Cf. Retaliation.] Retaliation. [R.] Holinshed.
(||Tal"i*pes) n. [NL., fr. L. talus an ankle + pes, pedis, a foot; cf. L. talipedare to be weak in
the feet, properly, to walk on the ankles.] (Surg.) The deformity called clubfoot. See Clubfoot.