A monk reckons his monastic life by the number of lents he has observed.
"No doubt you're right, Kass," lents rumbled in a deep voice.
lents came up beside him, puffing and blowing, and after a long wait—so long that they despaired, Kass came weakly to the surface.
"Flopping like a flapjack," lents commented as he watched the shifting vista.
"We will not tell anyone what you said, child," lents rumbled comfortingly.
lents, obeying the habits of a lifetime, elbow hooked in a handhold, was figuring the time required for them to strike.
Simply boarded us, herded me and lents into their own ship, which is just as suitable for navigating in water as in air.
lents was already lifting his toga and snapping his weapon belt around his ample waist.
lents plotted a long, graceful curve that would bring them to Earth with the best possible speed.
lents was mentally calculating the rupturing pressure exerted by the atmospheric pressure inside the crystalline ball.
late 14c., short for Lenten (n.) "forty days before Easter" (early 12c.), from Old English lencten "springtime, spring," the season, also "the fast of Lent," from West Germanic *langa-tinaz "long-days" (cf. Old Saxon lentin, Middle Dutch lenten, Old High German lengizin manoth), from *lanngaz (root of Old English lang "long;" see long (adj.)) + *tina-, a root meaning "day" (cf. Gothic sin-teins "daily"), cognate with Old Church Slavonic dini, Lithuanian diena, Latin dies "day" (see diurnal).
the compound probably refers to the increasing daylight. Cf. similar form evolution in Dutch lente (Middle Dutch lentin), German Lenz (Old High German lengizin) "spring." Church sense of "period between Ash Wednesday and Easter" is peculiar to English.