common time

common time
noun Date: 1662 a musical meter marked by four beats per measure with the quarter note receiving a single beat

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

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