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  4  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  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. 
  Though  life  and  sense  be  common  to  men  and  brutes. 
  --Sir  M.  Hale. 
  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. 
  Such  actions  as  the  common  good  requireth  --Hooker. 
  The  common  enemy  of  man.  --Shak. 
  3.  Often  met  with  usual;  frequent;  customary. 
  Grief  more  than  common  grief.  --Shak. 
  4.  Not  distinguished  or  exceptional;  inconspicuous;  ordinary; 
  plebeian;  --  often  in  a  depreciatory  sense 
  The  honest,  heart-felt  enjoyment  of  common  life. 
  --W.  Irving. 
  This  fact  was  infamous  And  ill  beseeming  any  common 
  man,  Much  more  a  knight,  a  captain  and  a  leader. 
  Above  the  vulgar  flight  of  common  souls.  --A. 
  5.  Profane;  polluted.  [Obs.] 
  What  God  hath  cleansed,  that  call  not  thou  common. 
  --Acts  x.  15. 
  6.  Given  to  habits  of  lewdness;  prostitute. 
  A  dame  who  herself  was  common.  --L'Estrange. 
  {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. 
  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 
  {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}. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Common  \Com"mon\,  n. 
  1.  The  people;  the  community.  [Obs.]  ``The  weal  o'  the 
  common.''  --Shak. 
  2.  An  inclosed  or  uninclosed  tract  of  ground  for  pleasure, 
  for  pasturage,  etc.,  the  use  of  which  belongs  to  the 
  public;  or  to  a  number  of  persons. 
  3.  (Law)  The  right  of  taking  a  profit  in  the  land  of  another, 
  in  common  either  with  the  owner  or  with  other  persons;  -- 
  so  called  from  the  community  of  interest  which  arises 
  between  the  claimant  of  the  right  and  the  owner  of  the 
  soil,  or  between  the  claimants  and  other  commoners 
  entitled  to  the  same  right 
  {Common  appendant},  a  right  belonging  to  the  owners  or 
  occupiers  of  arable  land  to  put  commonable  beasts  upon  the 
  waste  land  in  the  manor  where  they  dwell. 
  {Common  appurtenant},  a  similar  right  applying  to  lands  in 
  other  manors,  or  extending  to  other  beasts,  besides  those 
  which  are  generally  commonable,  as  hogs. 
  {Common  because  of}  {vicinage  or  neighborhood},  the  right  of 
  the  inhabitants  of  each  of  two  townships,  lying  contiguous 
  to  each  other  which  have  usually  intercommoned  with  one 
  another,  to  let  their  beasts  stray  into  the  other's 
  fields.  - 
  {Common}  {in  gross  or  at  large},  a  common  annexed  to  a  man's 
  person,  being  granted  to  him  and  his  heirs  by  deed;  or  it 
  may  be  claimed  by  prescriptive  right  as  by  a  parson  of  a 
  church  or  other  corporation  sole.  --Blackstone. 
  {Common  of  estovers},  the  right  of  taking  wood  from  another's 
  {Common  of  pasture},  the  right  of  feeding  beasts  on  the  land 
  of  another.  --Burill. 
  {Common  of  piscary},  the  right  of  fishing  in  waters  belonging 
  to  another. 
  {Common  of  turbary},  the  right  of  digging  turf  upon  the 
  ground  of  another. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Common  \Com"mon\,  v.  i. 
  1.  To  converse  together;  to  discourse;  to  confer.  [Obs.] 
  Embassadors  were  sent  upon  both  parts  and  divers 
  means  of  entreaty  were  commoned  of  --Grafton. 
  2.  To  participate.  [Obs.]  --Sir  T.  More 
  3.  To  have  a  joint  right  with  others  in  common  ground. 
  4.  To  board  together;  to  eat  at  a  table  in  common. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  adj  1:  belonging  to  or  participated  in  by  a  community  as  a  whole; 
  public;  "for  the  common  good";  "common  lands  are  set 
  aside  for  use  by  all  members  of  a  community"  [ant:  {individual}] 
  2:  of  no  special  distinction  or  quality;  widely  known  or 
  commonly  encountered;  average  or  ordinary  or  usual;  "the 
  common  man";  "a  common  sailor";  "the  common  cold";  "a 
  common  nuisance";  "followed  common  procedure";  "it  is 
  common  knowledge  that  she  lives  alone";  "the  common 
  housefly";  "a  common  brand  of  soap"  [ant:  {uncommon}] 
  3:  common  to  or  shared  by  two  or  more  parties;  "a  common 
  friend";  "the  mutual  interests  of  management  and  labor" 
  [syn:  {mutual}] 
  4:  commonly  encountered;  "a  common  (or  familiar)  complaint"; 
  "the  usual  greeting"  [syn:  {usual}] 
  5:  being  or  characteristic  of  or  appropriate  to  everyday 
  language;  "common  parlance";  "a  vernacular  term"; 
  "vernacular  speakers";  "the  vulgar  tongue  of  the  masses"; 
  "the  technical  and  vulgar  names  for  an  animal  species" 
  [syn:  {vernacular},  {vulgar}] 
  6:  of  or  associated  with  the  great  masses  of  people;  "the 
  common  people  in  those  days  suffered  greatly";  "behavior 
  that  branded  him  as  common";  "his  square  plebeian  nose"; 
  "a  vulgar  and  objectionable  person";  "the  unwashed  masses" 
  [syn:  {plebeian},  {vulgar},  {unwashed}] 
  7:  of  low  or  inferior  quality  or  value;  "of  what  coarse  metal 
  ye  are  molded"-  Shakespeare;  "produced...the  common  cloths 
  used  by  the  poorer  population"  [syn:  {coarse}] 
  8:  lacking  refinement  or  cultivation  or  taste;  "he  had  coarse 
  manners  but  a  first-rate  mind";  "behavior  that  branded  him 
  as  common";  "an  untutored  and  uncouth  human  being";  "an 
  uncouth  soldier--a  real  tough  guy";  "appealing  to  the 
  vulgar  taste  for  violence";  "the  vulgar  display  of  the 
  newly  rich"  [syn:  {coarse},  {uncouth},  {vulgar}] 
  9:  to  be  expected;  standard;  "common  decency";  "simple 
  courtesy"  [syn:  {simple}] 
  n  :  a  piece  of  open  land  for  recreational  use  in  an  urban  area; 
  "they  went  for  a  walk  in  the  park"  [syn:  {park},  {commons}, 

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