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Common measure   /kˈɑmən mˈɛʒər/   Listen
Common measure

A time signature indicating four beats to the bar.  Synonyms: common time, four-four time, quadruple time.
An integer that divides two (or more) other integers evenly.  Synonyms: common divisor, common factor.
The usual (iambic) meter of a ballad.  Synonym: common meter.

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"Common measure" Quotes from Famous Books

... stages of societies the interchange of the few commodities required was conducted by barter, but as soon as their wants became more varied and extensive, the necessity of having some common measure of the value of all commodities— itself capable of subdivision—became apparent: thus money was introduced. In some countries shells have been employed for this purpose; but civilized nations have, by common ...
— On the Economy of Machinery and Manufactures • Charles Babbage

... as in more notable communities, had had troubles enough of their own to make them comparatively indifferent to those of their neighbours; and though all conceded that Ethan Frome's had been beyond the common measure, no one gave me an explanation of the look in his face which, as I persisted in thinking, neither poverty nor physical suffering could have put there. Nevertheless, I might have contented myself with the story pieced together from these hints had it ...
— Ethan Frome • Edith Wharton

... as the day of full moon, happen on a Sunday, the celebration Of Easter was deferred to the Sunday following, in order to avoid concurrence with the Jews and the above-mentioned heretics. The observance of this rule renders it necessary to reconcile three periods which have no common measure, namely, the week, the lunar month, and the solar year; and as this can only be done approximately, and within certain limits, the determination of Easter is an affair of considerable nicety and complication. It is to be regretted that the reverend fathers who formed the council of Nicaea did ...
— Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 4 - "Bulgaria" to "Calgary" • Various

Words linked to "Common measure" :   divisor, greatest common divisor, highest common factor, musical time, meter, quadruple time, factor, cadence, beat, metre, greatest common factor, four-four time, measure

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