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  • Looking towards Farnham from Thursley Common
    Looking towards Farnham from Thursley Common
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj common having 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"
    • adj common 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"
    • adj common commonly encountered "a common (or familiar) complaint","the usual greeting"
    • adj common 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"
    • adj common 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"
    • adj common to be expected; standard "common decency"
    • adj common 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"
    • adj common common to or shared by two or more parties "a common friend","the mutual interests of management and labor"
    • adj common of low or inferior quality or value "of what coarse metal ye are molded"- Shakespeare","produced...the common cloths used by the poorer population"
    • n common a piece of open land for recreational use in an urban area "they went for a walk in the park"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The Devil's Jumps, from Frensham Common The Devil's Jumps, from Frensham Common
The Golf House and Windmill, Wimbledon Common The Golf House and Windmill, Wimbledon Common
Common Bend Common Bend
Fruits common to most of the States Fruits common to most of the States
One of the Book-plates of Robert Harley as a Commoner One of the Book-plates of Robert Harley as a Commoner
The Common Swallow The Common Swallow

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In the U.S. the most common excuse made to get out of paying a ticket is to say they missed the sign
    • Common 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.
    • Common 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."
    • Common 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.""The common enemy of man."
    • Common Given to habits of lewdness; prostitute. "A dame who herself was common ."
    • Common Not distinguished or exceptional; inconspicuous; ordinary; plebeian; -- often in a depreciatory sense. "The honest, heart-felt enjoyment of common life.""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."
    • Common Often met with; usual; frequent; customary. "Grief more than common grief."
    • Common Profane; polluted. "What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common ."
    • Common The people; the community. "The weal o' the common ."
    • Common (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 To board together; to eat at a table in common.
    • Common To converse together; to discourse; to confer. "Embassadors were sent upon both parts, and divers means of entreaty were commoned of."
    • Common To have a joint right with others in common ground.
    • Common To participate.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The most common name in the world is Mohammed
    • common Of or pertaining to all—that is, to all the human race, or to all in a given country, region, or locality; being a general possession or right: of a public nature or character.
    • common Pertaining equally to, or proceeding equally from, two or more; joint: as, life and sense are common to man and beast; it was done by common consent of the parties.
    • common Of frequent or usual occurrence; not exceptional; usual; habitual.
    • common Not distinguished from the majority of others; of persons, belonging to the general mass; not notable for rank, ability, etc.; of things, not of superior excellence; ordinary: as, a common soldier; the common people; common food or clothing.
    • common Of the common people.
    • common Trite; hackneyed; commonplace; low; inferior; vulgar; coarse.
    • common At the disposal of all; prostitute.
    • common Not sacred or sanctified; ceremonially unclean.
    • common In grammar: Both masculine and feminine; optionally masculine or feminine: said of a word, in a language generally distinguishing masculine and feminine, which is capable of use as either.
    • common Used indifferently to designate any individual of a class; appellative; not proper: as, a common noun: opposed to proper (which see).
    • common In prosody, either long or short; of doubtful or variable quantity: as, a common vowel; a common syllable. In ancient prosody a common syllable is generally one containing a short vowel in weak position (see position), as the penult of alacris, feminine of alăcer. In Latin, Greek, and Sanskrit poetry the last syllable of a verse or period is common—that is, can be either long or short, no matter which quantity is required by the meter.
    • common In anatomy: Not peculiar or particular; not specialized or differentiated: as, the common integument of the body.
    • common Forming or formed by other more particular parts: as, the common carotid or common iliac artery, as distinguished from the internal and external arteries of the same name; the common trunk of a nerve, as distinguished from its branches; the common origin of the coracobrachialis muscle and of the short head of the biceps muscle—that is, the origin which they have in common.
    • common In entomology, continuous on two united surfaces: said of lines and marks which pass in an uninterrupted manner from the anterior to the posterior wings when both are extended, or of
    • common marks or processes on the two elytra which when closed appear as one.
    • common In those parts of the southern United States which were formerly a province of France, small tracts of land, usually from one to three yards in width by forty in length and fenced in, which were cultivated by the inhabitants of villages.
    • common More appropriately, the parts of the former system which do not rest for their authority on any subsisting express legislative act; the unwritten law. In this sense common law consists in those principles and rules which are gathered from the reports of adjudged cases, from the opinions of text-writers and commentators, and from popular usage and custom, in contradistinction to statute law.
    • common More narrowly, that part of the system just defined which was recognized and administered by the king's justices, in contradistinction to the modifications introduced by the chancellors as rules of equity in restraint or enlargement of the customary and statutory law (see equity), and, in respect of procedure, in contradistinction to the code practice.
    • common In music, duple and quadruple rhythm. The usual sign (A) for these rhythms is derived from the theory of medieval musicians that duple rhythm was imperfect, and so to be indicated by a half or broken circle (B). It is not the initial of the word “common,” since originally triple rhythm was regarded as the standard or perfect rhythm. The sign A now usually signifies quadruple rhythm, four beats to the measure, while C signifies duple rhythm, two beats to the measure. Also called common time.
    • common a consideration or argument applicable to a variety of cases. See place.
    • common Sound practical judgment; good sense; the practical sense of the greater part of mankind, especially as unaffected by logical subtleties or imagination.
    • common Equally with another or with others; all equally; for equal use or participation in by two or more: as, tenants in common; to provide for children in common; to assign lands to two or more persons in common; we enjoy the bounties of Providence in common.
    • common In public.
    • common Common, Ordinary, Vulgar, Mean. These words are on a descending scale. Common is opposed to rare, unusual, or refined; ordinary, to distinguished or superior; vulgar, to polite or refined; mean, to high or eminent.
    • n common [⟨ ME. comon, comun, comyn, etc., usually in pl. comons, etc., the common people, commons (people), commons (fare), = MHG. commū ne, comū ne, ⟨ OF. commune, French commune (⟩ mod. E. commune, n.) = Pr. comuna, comunia = It. comuna, ⟨ L. commune, that which is common, the community, in ML. a commune (mixed with ML. communia and communa, a common pasture, common right, a society, guild), prop. neut. of communis, common: see above.] One of the common people; collectively, the people at large; the public; the lower classes.
    • n common plural See commons.
    • n common A tract of ground the use of which is not appropriated to an individual, but belongs to the public or to a number; in law, an open ground, or that soil the use of which belongs equally to the inhabitants of a town or of a lordship, or to a certain number of proprietors.
    • n common In law, a right which one person may have to take a profit from the land or waters of another, as to pasture his cattle, to dig turf, to catch fish, to cut wood, or the like, in common with the owner of the land: called common of pasture, of turbary, of piscary, of estovers, etc. Common, or right of common, is said to be appendant, appurtenant, because of vicinage, or in gross. Common appendant is a right belonging to the owners or occupiers of arable land to put commonable beasts upon the lord's waste, and upon the lands of other persons within the same manor. Common appurtenant may be annexed to lands in other lordships, or extend to other beasts besides those which are generally commonable; this is not of common right, but is to be claimed only by immemorial usage and prescription. Common because of vicinage, or neighborhood, is where the inhabitants of two townships lying contiguous to each other have usually intercommoned with one another, the beasts of the one straying into the other's fields; this is a permissive right. Common in gross, or at large, is 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.
    • common To participate in common; enjoy or suffer in common.
    • common To confer; discourse together; commune; speak.
    • common To have a joint right with others in common ground.
    • common To live together or in common; eat at a table in common. Also commonize.
    • common To communicate.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Muhammad is the most common first name in the world.
    • adj Common kom′un belonging equally to more than one: public: general: usual: frequent: ordinary: easy to be had: of little value: vulgar: of low degree
    • n Common (Shak.) the commonalty: a tract of open land, used in common by the inhabitants of a town, parish, &c
    • v.i Common (Shak.) to share
    • adj Common common: hackneyed
    • v.i Common to make notes: to put in a commonplace-book
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  • Ann Landers
    “Trouble is the common denominator of living. It is the great equalizer.”
  • Abraham Lincoln
    “The Lord prefers common looking people. That is why he made so many of them.”
  • Duke of Wellington Arthur Wellesley
    Duke of Wellington Arthur Wellesley
    “We have in the service the scum of the earth as common soldiers.”
  • Edward Gibbon
    “The courage of a soldier is found to be the cheapest and most common quality of human nature.”
  • French Proverb
    French Proverb
    “None are more haughty than a common place person raised to power.”
  • Josh Billings
    “Common sense is the knack of seeing things as they are, and doing things as they ought to be done.”


The common weal - If something is done for the common weal, it is done in the interests and for the benefit of the majority or the general public.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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.)


In literature:

A common woman will lower the level of the offspring of a distinguished husband, and inversely.
"The Sexual Question" by August Forel
You must go to the common, unrespectable classes for racy vigor of tongue.
"Flowers of Freethought" by George W. Foote
Diseases of the digestive organs are very common among cattle, and may often be traced to defects in feeding.
"Special Report on Diseases of Cattle" by U.S. Department of Agriculture
The religious life expanded also, and a common altar and a common worship were instituted.
"History of Human Society" by Frank W. Blackmar
This is done commonly enough with a single name, but the duplication is exceptional.
"When Ghost Meets Ghost" by William Frend De Morgan
Very common, occurring in summer on shaded rotten logs, especially after warm showers and in sultry weather.
"The North American Slime-Moulds" by Thomas H. (Thomas Huston) MacBride
One wonders how the names of many of our nobility become so common.
"The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of Jane Austen" by Jane Austen
Thirdly, The common interest of society and the common rights of man.
"The Writings Of Thomas Paine, Complete" by Thomas Paine
The tardy Common Council was at last forced, in common decency, to build a new bridge.
"Old and New London" by Walter Thornbury
Must be picked by hand; is free from common diseases.
"The Apple" by Various
Hence high winds are common by day, while the nights are apt to be calm and relatively cool.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 5" by Various
A difference, however, must be recognised between logical negation and the negations of common thought and common speech.
"Logic, Inductive and Deductive" by William Minto
Amongst the first two classes we usually find the majority of the commoners on the wastes or commons of the manor.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 7" by Various
Whom do the degenerative diseases most commonly affect?
"American Red Cross Text-Book on Home Hygiene and Care of the Sick" by Jane A. Delano
Recollect that any name ending in o, as "Ponto," "Cato," &c., very common ones by the way, is bad.
"The Dog" by Dinks, Mayhew, and Hutchinson
Elected to the House of Commons, 1867, for Gloucester.
"The Makers of Canada: Index and Dictionary of Canadian History" by Various
It is common in the Mediterranean.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 1" by Various
The other and commoner way is nothing but a muddle from beginning to end.
"Trees and Shrubs for English Gardens" by Ernest Thomas Cook
I next came, after crossing a canal, to a common called Smithwood Common.
"Rural Rides" by William Cobbett
A very common exclamation, especially in Ulster.
"English As We Speak It in Ireland" by P. W. Joyce

In poetry:

From the common urges,
From the human highest
Far thy path diverges:
Following thou fliest…
"Time Without End" by Arthur Rimbaud
And on the throne beside me,
Above the common din,
He sang his Songs of Beauty,
My friend, the poet Quinn.
"A Vision Splendid" by Victor James Daley
She is not any common Earth,
Water or wood or air,
But Merlin's Isle of Gramarye,
Where you and I will fare!
"Puck's Song" by Rudyard Kipling
Peter saw expedience
Was the way of common sense;
Sitting quiet on the down
Grabbed the princess and the crown.
"Peter" by Laura Benet
And wins from idle story
Souls that the world would mar,
Showing the common things that are
As images of glory.
"Fairy Tales" by Thomas MacDonagh
It is the sign
Of Earth's fraternity, the only tie
That links us all,
Both great and small,
In common sympathy.
"What Is A Sigh?" by Walter Richard Cassels

In news:

Radiation Dose Associated With Common Computed Tomography Examinations and the Associated Lifetime Attributable Risk of Cancer.
The not so common cuckoo spotted at Watsonville Slough.
A common cuckoo, well off its usual migratory path between Eurasia and Africa, perches on a willow tree in Watsonville Slough.
Adli and colleagues recruited acutely depressed patients who were unresponsive to an antidepressant-only treatment, and augmented their therapy with lithium, the most common medication used to treat bipolar disorder.
Myeloablative megatherapy is commonly used to improve the poor outlook of children with high-risk neuroblastoma, yet its role is poorly defined.
The most commonly sold product for automatic transmission s is ATF ( Automatic Transmission Fluid).
Autumn In New York [common take.
Rap/metal collaborations have been common since Anthrax and Public Enemy teamed up for 'Bring the Noise.
Until Portugal's entrance into the Common Market in 1986, these waters were often tinged with blood from the whale factory still looming over the bay.
An English-Only Law Makes Common Sense;Freedom of Babble .
Creative Commons via Flickr user Phillip Larson.
Joe Garcia is a man with a common name and uncommon educational goals.
Mother's Day food poisoning linked to common bacterium .
The food poisoning scare that sickened 150 people at a Buddhist monastery on Mother's Day has been tracked back to a common bacterium .
Baking soda and baking powder have a lot in common.

In science:

If we count common points with multiplicities in the sense defined above, it follows that two conics with five points in common coincide.
Sextactic points on a simple closed curve
If not, then one could (very unnaturally) assume a common enumeration of the vertices af each countable graph, also to consider countable graphs imbedded to a common ”background” space.
Gibbs and Quantum Discrete Spaces
Fortran common block.1 These common blocks are described in detail in the next two sections, followed by some examples.
Generic User Process Interface for Event Generators
These may have common nodes besides their endpoints, but from the fact that π strictly increases along both of them, it follows that their common nodes are in the same order on both paths.
Determining the Genus of a Map by Local Observation of a Simple Random Process
Then questions, more directly related to the hierarchical merging scenario, follow: how common are decoupled cores, how common and massive are black holes in galactic nuclei? Other integrated quantities such as colours and line indices can then help us to examine the stellar population content of these galaxies.
Probing the stellar populations of early-type galaxies: the SAURON survey
The largest common divisor of a with k has to be 1 because otherwise also 2a will have a non trivial largest common divisor with k → thus we see that if k is odd we will have only one KI, and if k is even we will have two different KI s (say A,B).
Marginal Deformations of N=4 SYM and of its Supersymmetric Orbifold Descendants
Let P0 be an orthogonal projection on a common eigenspace corresponding to the common zero eigenvalue of the family {Y (q) | q ∈ supp µc}.
Random groups in the optical waveguides theory
The matrix hV i satisfies the hypothesis of Theorem 2.2, so the limit of the expression hV iN (R) as N → ∞ exists and is equal to P0 (R), where P0 is the pro jection on the common kernel of the operators Y (Θ), or equivalently, the common eigenspace of the operator family (3.6), corresponding to the eigenvalue 1.
Random groups in the optical waveguides theory
This means that (within the same period range) instead of MJ up mass exoplanets being twice as common as 2MJ up exoplanets, we find they are slightly more than three times as common.
What can exoplanets tell us about our Solar System?
Thus, the zeropoints for our photometry are taken from a comparison with the globular cluster photometry of Harris et al. (1992, 14 ob jects in common), Tonry & Schechter (1990, 10 ob jects in common), and Holland et al. (1999, 17 ob jects in common).
Optical Counterparts of X-Ray Point Sources Observed by CHANDRA in NGC5128: 20 New Globular Cluster X-Ray Sources
In the case when {ck } are independent standard Gaussian random variables, the correlation functions are SO(d + 1)-invariant, and the average number of the common real zeros is the square root of the total number of common complex zeros (see [EK], [Kos], [ShSm]).
Correlations between zeros of non-Gaussian random polynomials
Since the number of critical points of h is finite, we can perhaps after passing over to a further subsequence assume that all the vνj are flow lines with cascades from a common critical point c of h to a common critical point d of h.
The Arnold-Givental conjecture and moment Floer homology
In order to estimate this sum we first observe that if two balanced partitions σ and τ have exactly z black vertices in common, then they must also have exactly z white vertices in common.
Random k-SAT: Two Moments Suffice to Cross a Sharp Threshold
Now suppose that the fi do have a highest common factor, and write fi = f gi such that the gi, i ∈ J, do not have a common factor.
Looking out for stable syzygy bundles
Each pair x, y ∈ X has a well-defined greatest common lower bound, x ∧ y, in this partial order that we think of as the most recent common ancestor of x and y .
Rayleigh processes, real trees, and root growth with re-grafting