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  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. 
  --Shak. 
 
  Above  the  vulgar  flight  of  common  souls.  --A. 
  Murphy. 
 
  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. 
  --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}. 




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