Wednesday, November 16, 2011 at 9:42AM


                1.  Belonging equally to more than one, or to many indefinitely; as, life and sense are common to man and beast; the common privileges of citizens; the common wants of men.

                2.  Belonging to the public; having no separate owner.  The right to a highway is common.

                3.  General; serving for the use of all; as the common prayer.

                4.  Universal; belonging to all; as, the earth is said to be the common mother of mankind.

                5.  Public; general; frequent; as common report.

                6.  Usual; ordinary; as the common operations of nature; the common forms of conveyance; the common rules of civility.

                7.  Of no rank or superior excellence; ordinary.  Applied to men, it signifies, not noble, not distinguished by noble descent, or not distinguished by office, character or talents; as a common man; a common soldier.  Applied to things, it signifies, not distinguished by excellence or superiority; as a common essay; a common exertion.  It however is not generally equivalent to mean, which expresses something lower in rank or estimation.

                8.  Prostitute; lewd; as a common woman.

                9.  In grammar, such verbs as signify both action and passion, are called common; as aspernor, I despise or am despised; also, such nouns as are both masculine and feminine, as parens.

                10.  A common bud, in botany, is one that contains both leaves and flowers; a common peduncle, one that bears several flowers; a common perianth, one that incloses several distinct fructification; a common receptacle, one that connects several distinct fructification.

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