from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Bentinck, William Henry Cavendish. Third Duke of Portland. 1738-1809. British politician who served as prime minister (1783 and 1807-1809) and home secretary (1794-1801).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Nautical, a triangular course, used as a trysail: now generally superseded by the storm-staysail.


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  • But just as half a dozen of the fellows had got me down, and were going to cut my throat because I would not surrender, there came by the fellow they call Bentinck, I think, who called to them not to kill me now that the battle was over.

    The King's Highway

  • On the afternoon of the 27th of October I went on board the steamship "Bentinck," of 500 horse-power; but we did not weigh anchor much before evening.

    A Woman's Journey Round the World

  • Portland, William Henry Cavendish-Bentinck, 3rd Duke of (1738 – 1809): Whig political magnate who, alarmed by the violence of the French Revolution, joined Pitt's ministry, abandoning his old alliance with the pro-French Fox.

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  • Politicians from Lord William Bentinck to Lord Palmerston and Gladstone, writers such as Browning and George Eliot, united in detesting the ‘tyrants’; Gladstone convinced himself that their regime was ‘the negation of God.’

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  • As an aside I wouldn't have believed it, but it was in this book that I learnt that Tim Bentinck, who plays David in The Archers, is actually the twelfth Earl of Portland but sadly sans money or property, which is probably why he's busy with Ruth and Pip, Josh and Ben and that family and those cows.

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  • Through a fictional journal, Jackson constructs a portrait of William John Cavendish-Bentinck-Scott, fifth Duke of Portland (d. 1879), a prodigious eccentric best known for the elaborate network of tunnels he built beneath his estate.

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  • January 10th, 2005 the strangest fic ever written panthera_onca asked for "The Greatest American Hero, The Merchant of Venice, President Grover Cleveland's wife Frances, an okapi, and William John Cavendish Bentinck-Scott (the Duke of Portland)."

    January 10th, 2005

  • Bentinck, Vernon Harcourt, Bromley Davenport, Knatchbull Huguessen, with many others, used to whisper the secrets of Parliament with free tongues.

    An Autobiography

  • And it retrieved a school cap that had been flushed down a school toilet by two desperados from the Upper Fifth who thought that young Bentinck was too cocky by far.

    Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine

  • It was on the fourth day of her stay that Professor Bowers-Bentinck walked in.

    The Chain Of Destiny


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