Common time
Common Com"mon, a. [Compar. {Commoner}; superl. {Commonest}.] [OE. commun, comon, OF. comun, F. commun, fr. L. communis; com- + munis ready to be of service; cf. Skr. mi to make fast, set up, build, Goth. gamains common, G. gemein, and E. mean low, common. Cf. {Immunity}, {Commune}, n. & v.] 1. Belonging or relating equally, or similarly, to more than one; as, you and I have a common interest in the property. [1913 Webster]

Though life and sense be common to men and brutes. --Sir M. Hale. [1913 Webster]

2. Belonging to or shared by, affecting or serving, all the members of a class, considered together; general; public; as, properties common to all plants; the common schools; the Book of Common Prayer. [1913 Webster]

Such actions as the common good requireth. --Hooker. [1913 Webster]

The common enemy of man. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. Often met with; usual; frequent; customary. [1913 Webster]

Grief more than common grief. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

4. Not distinguished or exceptional; inconspicuous; ordinary; plebeian; -- often in a depreciatory sense. [1913 Webster]

The honest, heart-felt enjoyment of common life. --W. Irving. [1913 Webster]

This fact was infamous And ill beseeming any common man, Much more a knight, a captain and a leader. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Above the vulgar flight of common souls. --A. Murphy. [1913 Webster]

5. Profane; polluted. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common. --Acts x. 15. [1913 Webster]

6. Given to habits of lewdness; prostitute. [1913 Webster]

A dame who herself was common. --L'Estrange. [1913 Webster]

{Common bar} (Law) Same as {Blank bar}, under {Blank}.

{Common barrator} (Law), one who makes a business of instigating litigation.

{Common Bench}, a name sometimes given to the English Court of Common Pleas.

{Common brawler} (Law), one addicted to public brawling and quarreling. See {Brawler}.

{Common carrier} (Law), one who undertakes the office of carrying (goods or persons) for hire. Such a carrier is bound to carry in all cases when he has accommodation, and when his fixed price is tendered, and he is liable for all losses and injuries to the goods, except those which happen in consequence of the act of God, or of the enemies of the country, or of the owner of the property himself.

{Common chord} (Mus.), a chord consisting of the fundamental tone, with its third and fifth.

{Common council}, the representative (legislative) body, or the lower branch of the representative body, of a city or other municipal corporation.

{Common crier}, the crier of a town or city.

{Common divisor} (Math.), a number or quantity that divides two or more numbers or quantities without a remainder; a common measure.

{Common gender} (Gram.), the gender comprising words that may be of either the masculine or the feminine gender.

{Common law}, a system of jurisprudence developing under the guidance of the courts so as to apply a consistent and reasonable rule to each litigated case. It may be superseded by statute, but unless superseded it controls. --Wharton.

Note: It is by others defined as the unwritten law (especially of England), the law that receives its binding force from immemorial usage and universal reception, as ascertained and expressed in the judgments of the courts. This term is often used in contradistinction from {statute law}. Many use it to designate a law common to the whole country. It is also used to designate the whole body of English (or other) law, as distinguished from its subdivisions, local, civil, admiralty, equity, etc. See {Law}.

{Common lawyer}, one versed in common law.

{Common lewdness} (Law), the habitual performance of lewd acts in public.

{Common multiple} (Arith.) See under {Multiple}.

{Common noun} (Gram.), the name of any one of a class of objects, as distinguished from a proper noun (the name of a particular person or thing).

{Common nuisance} (Law), that which is deleterious to the health or comfort or sense of decency of the community at large.

{Common pleas}, one of the three superior courts of common law at Westminster, presided over by a chief justice and four puisne judges. Its jurisdiction is confined to civil matters. Courts bearing this title exist in several of the United States, having, however, in some cases, both civil and criminal jurisdiction extending over the whole State. In other States the jurisdiction of the common pleas is limited to a county, and it is sometimes called a {county court}. Its powers are generally defined by statute.

{Common prayer}, the liturgy of the Church of England, or of the Protestant Episcopal church of the United States, which all its clergy are enjoined to use. It is contained in the Book of Common Prayer.

{Common school}, a school maintained at the public expense, and open to all.

{Common scold} (Law), a woman addicted to scolding indiscriminately, in public.

{Common seal}, a seal adopted and used by a corporation.

{Common sense}. (a) A supposed sense which was held to be the common bond of all the others. [Obs.] --Trench. (b) Sound judgment. See under {Sense}.

{Common time} (Mus.), that variety of time in which the measure consists of two or of four equal portions.

{In common}, equally with another, or with others; owned, shared, or used, in community with others; affecting or affected equally.

{Out of the common}, uncommon; extraordinary.

{Tenant in common}, one holding real or personal property in common with others, having distinct but undivided interests. See {Joint tenant}, under {Joint}.

{To make common cause with}, to join or ally one's self with.

Syn: General; public; popular; national; universal; frequent; ordinary; customary; usual; familiar; habitual; vulgar; mean; trite; stale; threadbare; commonplace. See {Mutual}, {Ordinary}, {General}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Common time — Time Time, n.; pl. {Times}. [OE. time, AS. t[=i]ma, akin to t[=i]d time, and to Icel. t[=i]mi, Dan. time an hour, Sw. timme. [root]58. See {Tide}, n.] 1. Duration, considered independently of any system of measurement or any employment of terms… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • common time — n. Music a meter of four beats to the measure; 4/4 time …   English World dictionary

  • common time — ► NOUN Music ▪ a rhythmic pattern in which there are two or four beats in a bar …   English terms dictionary

  • Common Time — This article is about the short story by James Blish. For the musical time signature, see Time signature. Common Time Author James Blish Country United Kingdom Language English …   Wikipedia

  • common time — noun a time signature indicating four beats to the bar • Syn: ↑four four time, ↑quadruple time, ↑common measure • Hypernyms: ↑musical time …   Useful english dictionary

  • common time — /ˈkɒmən taɪm/ (say komuhn tuym) noun Music a rhythm consisting of four crotchet beats to a bar; four four time. Symbol: C Also, common measure …   Australian English dictionary

  • common time — Music. a meter or tempo of four beats per measure, with each of four quarter notes receiving a single beat. Symbol: C Also called common measure. [1665 75] * * * …   Universalium

  • common time — com′mon time n. mad a musical meter of four beats to the measure with each quarter note receiving one beat • Etymology: 1665–75 …   From formal English to slang

  • common time — noun Date: 1662 a musical meter marked by four beats per measure with the quarter note receiving a single beat …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • common time — noun A meter of four quarter notes per measure. Syn: 4/4 …   Wiktionary

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